Junior Dan O'Neill hit a pinch-hit double for SFA in a 7-6 loss at DBU in 10 innings on Tuesday.
April 22, 2014
DALLAS, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team led 6-0 after three innings, but was unable to scratch across any more in a 7-6 loss to Dallas Baptist in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Horner Ballpark.
The loss to Patriots (27-13) completes a two-game sweep of SFA (16-24) to close a home-and-home series between the two teams.
Freshman Conner Fikes was the only ‘Jack to record a multi-hit game against the DBU pitching staff. Fikes finished 2-for-4 with a RBI, walk and two runs scored. Senior Mackenzie Handel and junior Dan O’Neill each collected a double in the loss, as SFA was out hit 11-6 by the Patriots.
Senior Justin Hunsaker (0-1) took the loss, his first decision of the season, allowing the game-winning run on a single up the middle in the bottom of the tenth inning. Juniors Halden Maynard and Tyler Wiedenfeld and senior Kyle Cross, combined for seven scoreless innings pitched for the ‘Jacks, each allowing just one hit. Cross (2) and Wiedenfeld (1) recorded the only strikeouts for SFA while toeing the rubber. DBU fanned 11, as Brandon Koch inproved to 4-0, logging the final one and two-third innings.
The ‘Jacks set the tone early, scoring in each of their first three trips to the plate to take a 6-0 lead through three innings. Senior Ricardo Sanchez walked with one out in the opening frame, before scoring on a double to left field from Handel, his 10th of the season. SFA added another run in the second inning with an RBI groundout from freshman Will Vest, before tacking on four in the third.
In the third inning, Sanchez again walked, before a fielder’s choice that did not result in an out and another walk loaded the bases for the ‘Jacks with one out. Freshman Nick Ramos and Conner Fikes then drew consecutive walks to plate two runs, followed by a sacrifice fly RBI from sophomore Kyle Thornell to take a 5-0 lead on DBU. SFA, after a pitching change, scored its final run of the frame on a wild pitch.
After two silent innings from both squads, the Patriots scored their first runs of the game in a four-run sixth inning. With one out, DBU loaded the bases with a double, single and hit by pitch, before plating two on a pinch-hit double to the right center gap from Justin Wall. After a groundout, the Patriots plated two more on a double down the right field line from Drew Turbin.
DBU added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to notch the game at 6-6, eventually sending the game into extras.
In the 10th inning, Trevin Sonnier singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch, before scoring on Turbin’s single.
The ‘Jacks will now return to Jaycees Field and begin a four-game homestand. SFA will host Lamar in a crucial three-game Southland Conference series, with postseason implications, beginning April 25.