New Mexico Sweeps Series From SFA
April 9, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team committed four errors for a third-straight game in a 6-3 loss to New Mexico on Wednesday afternoon at Jaycees Field.
Freshman Will Vest finished 1-for-2 with a double after subbing in for the ‘Jacks in the fifth inning.
Senior Kyle Cross (0-4) took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings pitched. The native of Pearland, Texas, finished with three strikeouts, issuing just one walk, in 23 batters faced. SFA used five pitchers in all.
UNM tagged Cross for two unearned runs in the third inning, capitalizing on two infield errors, before adding one in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead over the ‘Jacks through four innings.
SFA responded however, with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, to make it a one-run game. Junior Dan O’Neill singled to first base and senior Rick Cruz walked with one out, before Sanchez drove in one on a single down the right field line to put runners at the corners. Senior Mackenzie Handel then plated Cruz one batter later, reaching on a fielder’s choice, to make it 3-2.
After a quiet sixth inning, that saw both teams leave a runner on base, the Lobos reclaimed their three-run edge, scoring two in the top of the seventh. Following a leadoff walk to UNM’s Sam Haggerty, Aaron Siple sac bunted him to second to put one in scoring position. Chase Harris then singled in the infield and stole second to put two in scoring position, before both came in on a single to right field.
The ‘Jacks responded, scoring one on in the bottom frame to cut the deficit to 5-3. Handel drove in senior Gevon Jackson, who pinch hit with one out in the frame, on a single up the middle, before the Lobos added one in the ninth to arrive at the 6-3 final.
The ‘Jacks will get ready for Oral Roberts to close their five-game homestand. SFA will begin its three-game Southland Conference series with the Golden Eagles, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.