SFA Falls In Series Finale At Northwestern St.
March 24, 2014
NATCHITOCHES, La. – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team dropped its second Southland Conference series of the year with a 5-3 loss to Northwestern State on at Brown-Stroud Field on Sunday.
SFA (10-12, 2-4 SLC), despite being limited to six hits, scratched across three runs in the loss to the Demons (12-10, 4-2 SLC). Freshman Nick Ramos led the way for the ‘Jacks with a 2-for-4 outing, with a walk and run scored, while seniors Gevon Jackson, Zach Marberry, Ricardo Sanchez and Brett Thornell all collected one hit on the day.
Senior Kevin Bishop (1-2) took the loss for SFA, surrendering five runs (three earned) and seven hits across five innings. The native of College Station, Texas, recorded two strikeouts in his time out the mound before giving way to senior Kyle Cross, who pitched the final three innings the ‘Jacks were in the field. Cross held NWST scoreless, scattering two hits and recording one strikeout
After a scoreless opening frame from both teams, the Demons tagged Bishop for one run in the bottom of the second. NWST opened with consecutive singles before Bret Underwood gave the Demons a 1-0 lead on a sac fly to right field.
The 1-0 game lasted until the fifth inning, until SFA was able to tie it up. Sanchez reached base on an infield error to leadoff for the ‘Jacks before advancing to second on a bunt single from Jackson. One batter later Sanchez came in on a sac fly to right field by Thornell.
SFA continued the momentum into the sixth inning, where the ‘Jacks scored two more runs to take a 3-1 lead over NWST. After Ramos singled through the right side and advanced to second on a wild pitch, senior Mackenzie Handel walk to put two for SFA with no outs. Both ‘Jacks andvanced up a base on a wild pitch, before coming in on Marberry’s double down the left field line.
The lead was short-lived however, as the Demons scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth and held SFA scoreless the rest of the way to take the series.
The ‘Jacks will be back in action on Tuesday, hosting Dallas Baptist at Jaycees Field.