SFA Drops 13-Inning Decision to Demons, 5-4
March 21, 2014
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Stephen F. Austin raced out to an early 3-0 lead, but Northwestern State rallied to force extra innings before taking a 5-4 victory over the Lumberjacks in a 13-inning affair at Brown-Stroud Field. SFA falls to 9-11 on the season and 1-3 in Southland Conference play.
Mackenzie Handel went 3-for-6 for the `Jacks, including a solo homerun in the sixth inning, while Rick Cruz went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Conner Fikes drove in a pair of runs for SFA with Gevon Jackson adding the other SFA RBI.
Junior pitcher Cameron Gann had another extended start, going seven innings and allowing just a pair of runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Tyler Wiedenfield allowed a pair of runs in two innings pitched with Chris Hassold earling the loss, allowing the Demon run in the 13th inning after 2.2 innings of work.
SFA raced out to an early lead as the `Jacks scored three times in the first inning, thanks to a Fikes single that scored a pair of runs. One batter later, Jackson singled to right, knocking in Fikes from second as the `Jacks led 3-0 after half an inning.
NSU responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third off a two-RBI double, pulling the Demons to within one at 3-2. Handel would then extend the SFA lead to two with a solo homerun in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season.
The Demons answered back with a run in the eighth to make it 4-3, then added another tally with two out in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4 and push the game into extra innings.
SFA would put a runner in scoring position in each of the four extra innings but was unable to bring a run home. That would catch up to the `Jacks as Northwestern State knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th, giving the Demons the victory.
The second game of the three-game series is set for 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, leading up to the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.