SFA Falls 9-6 To New Mexico
April 8, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team hit four homeruns on the night, but fell 9-6 to New Mexico in the series opener on Tuesday at Jaycees Field.
Senior Zach Marberry recorded the second multi-homerun game for SFA (15-16) in its last three games, belting his second and third homers of the season in a 2-for-3 performance against the Lobos (23-11-1). Marberry, a native of Lufkin, Texas, collected four RBI and two runs scored with the two long-balls. He joined junior Kyle Thornell, who launched two in the second game of the series at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (April 5) last weekend.
Marberry was one of three ‘Jacks to take UNM deep, joined by brothers Kyle and Brett Thornell. Kyle Thornell picked up his lone hit of the night with a solo shot to right field to open the bottom of the third and Brett Thornell hit a one-run homer of his own one inning later, coming with one out in the bottom of the fourth, the first of his career.
The four-homer game is the first for SFA since doing so at Texas – San Antonio (April 10) in the 2010 season. There were a combined six homeruns hit between the two teams on the night.
Senior Mackenzie Handel led the ‘Jacks at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance, collecting two singles, a double and two runs scored.
Freshman Patrick Ledet (0-3) took his third loss of the season, allowing three runs in an inning and two-thirds pitched.
After SFA surrendered a homerun in the opening frame, Marberry responded with a two-run shot of his own over the left field wall to give the ‘Jacks a 2-1 lead.
Following quiet plate appearances from both teams in the second inning, the long-ball affair continued in the third. UNM’s Sam Haggerty reached on a throwing error by the pitcher, before scoring one batter later on Chase Harris’ homer to left center. However, SFA got solo bombs from the Thornell brothers in the team’s next two trips to the plate to lead the Lobos 4-3 through four innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, Marberry again went deep, hitting another two-run homerun, this time to left center, to push the ‘Jacks out front 6-3, before the UNM scored six runs the rest of the way to pick up its first win over SFA in program history.
The ‘Jacks will try to split the two-game series in a 10:00 a.m. first pitch on Wednesday. SFA will send senior Kyle Cross to the mound opposite A.J. Carman.