HBU Nips SFA In Extra Innings
April 2, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Jordan McCoy hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 10th inning and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks left the tying runner stranded in the bottom half of the inning as Houston Baptist claimed a 4-3 win on Tuesday at Jaycees Field.
In a game that was moved up due to the imminent threat of rain in the area, the Lumberjacks (12-16) were unable to muster much offense once again, putting together just six hits against four Husky (10-13-1) pitchers, with RBI only coming on a ground out from Joseph Olson in the third and a two-run homer from Hunter Dozier in the sixth that tied the game at 3-3.
The win is the second straight vs SFA for the Huskies after having dropped 10 in a row in the series dating back to 2006.
Reliever Garrett Powell fell to 1-1 in taking the loss, allowing just one run in 1.1 innings of relief. Cory Maltz looked strong, striking out four batters in 4.0 innings in relief of starter Kevin Bishop, who allowed three runs on six hits, striking out six batters in 4.0 innings. SFA pitchers did not issue a walk in the game.
Jake Gonzalez earned the win for the Huskies, striking out a batter and allowing just one hit in 2.0 innings of relief to move to 1-0 on the year. He also had an RBI single in the game, while Luke Clements and McCoy had two hits apiece to lead a Husky offense that finished with 10 hits on the day.
Bishop cruised through the first two innings before running into the trouble in the third when the Huskies struck for three runs. CJ Jarvis delivered the first run-scoring blow with a double over Mackenzie Handel's head in left field, and two batters later Gonzalez drove him in with an RBI single. Bishop balked in the third Husky run just before the final pitch of the inning ended the threat.
SFA responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning when the `Jacks were able to cash in on a leadoff double from Freddy Villalobos, using a balk from Kennell to set up an RBI ground out from Olson.
The `Jacks left runners on each of the next two innings before Dozier struck for his ninth home run of the year in the bottom of the sixth, smashing a delivery from Matthew McCollough out to left field to score two runs and tie the game at 3-3. It was Dozier's sixth home run in his last six games and extended his hit streak to a team-high 14 games.
Meanwhile, Maltz and Powell kept the Huskies off the board out of the pen, allowing just three singles in 5.1 innings of relief and giving the SFA offense a chance to strike again. But, SFA left the go-ahead runs on base in both the eighth and ninth to push the game to extra frames.
There it did not take long for the Huskies to get a threat going after Josh Foust fisted a leadoff single into center field and was immediately bunted to second base to get into scoring position. Two batters later, McCoy dribbled a single through the right side of the infield off of reliever Brett Higginbotham to put HBU back on top 4-3.
SFA threatened in the 10th, getting a runner to second base on a leadoff single by Olson and a sacrifice bunt; however, Gonzalez managed to get Ricardo Sanchez to ground out before striking out Zach Benson to end it, leaving Dozier on deck.
Things get no easier for the `Jacks as they welcome league newcomer Oral Roberts to Nacogdoches on Friday for the opener of a three-game series. First pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.