Colonels Take Opener From SFA
March 22, 2013
THIBODAUX, La. - Nicholls starter Michael Suk struck out six and tossed a complete game as the Colonels score three late runs to take down Stephen F. Austin, 3-1, in the Southland Conference Tournament opener for both teams on Friday at Ray E. Didier Field.
The loss was the fourth in a row for SFA (9-12. 0-1 SLC) spoiled a good start from starter Chase Greening, who struck out seven in seven innings of work and allowed just one run in taking a no-decision. Reliever Cass Ingvardsen took the loss, despite both runs charged to him in the decisive eighth inning being unearned.
The Colonels finished with just four hits on the night, but the Colonels were able to score the tying run in the bottom of the seventh without a hit and then used an error to fuel a two-run bottom of the eighth to pull of the win.
A walk to Jordon Lenaburg and a sacrifice bunt in the top of the second set things up for Thornell to give SFA the lead early 1-0 lead with an RBI single, but the `Jacks would get nothing the rest of the way.
Nicholls was not able to muster a hit until the fourth inning and managed to score all three runs in the final two frames without the benefit of a base hit.
Keith Cormier was hit by a pitch with one out in the seventh, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a fielder's choice off the bat of Cody Dufrene. One inning later, an SFA error allowed Michael Richard to reach base to lead off the inning, and two batters later after a steal and a sac bunt he scored the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice from Brandon Jackson. Another error allowed an insurance run one batter later, giving Suk plenty of room to work through a scoreless ninth frame.
SFA will try and even the series on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with righty Kyle Cross on the mound.