Senior Rick Cruz finished 1-for-3 in SFA's 3-0 loss at ACU on Saturday.
April 19, 2014
ABILENE, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team was limited to four hits in a 3-0 shutout loss, as Abilene Christian claimed the series victory on Saturday afternoon at Crutcher Scott Field.
Senior Kevin Bishop (1-5) took the loss for SFA (16-23, 7-11 SLC) in the pitcher's duel, allowing two runs on four hits in six and two-third innings pitched. The native of College Station, Texas, walked just one batter and recorded four strikeouts in 25 batters faced. Both runs allowed by Bishop came in the seventh inning.
Seniors Rick Cruz, Mackenzie Handel, Ricardo Sanchez and Brett Thornell, each singled off Garrett Demeyere (4-4), who tossed the first nine-inning complete game for the Wildcats (14-22, 4-8 SLC) since April 8, 2005. Cruz and Handel each finished 1-for-3, while Sanchez and Thornell finished 1-for-4.
The game quickly proved to be a pitcher's duel and defensive clinic early on, as there were just two base runners for each team left on base through the first five innings. Cruz reached on a catcher's interference to open the game and Sanchez singled to second base in the top of the fifth.
Cruz then again reached base in the top of the sixth and Handel joined him two batters later, being hit by a pitch, but both were stranded as Demeyere continued to work his gem.
Bishop also cruised through six innings, limiting ACU to one hit and one walk, while recording four strikeouts, before the Wildcats scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh. After a lineout to open the bottom frame, Brandon Grudzielanek singled to right field, before coming in one batter later on a double to left field from Emil Litterer. ACU added one more in the frame, plating Litterer on a single to left center from Heath Beasley to take a 2-0 lead and end Bishop's outing.
The Wildcats added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth off junior Tyler Wiedenfeld to help seal the series victory. The three-game Southland Conference series marked the first-ever meetings between the two teams.
The `Jacks will close their five-game road swing on Tuesday, April 22, at Dallas Baptist, before hosting Lamar in a three-game series beginning April 25.