'Jacks Rout Lamar In Series Opener
April 25, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team pounded out 10 runs to provide more than enough cushion for junior Dillon Mangham, who went the distance, in a 10-2 win over Lamar on Friday night at Jaycees Field.
Mangham (6-4) picked up his sixth win of the season for SFA (17-24, 8-11 SLC), working around a two-run homer and recording a season-high nine strikeouts in the complete game effort. The native of Temple, Texas, faced 34 batters in all in his first appearance in a series opener.
Sophomore Kyle Thornell was relentless at the plate against the Cardinals (24-17, 11-9 SLC), finishing 3-for-4 with a double, triple, four RBI and two runs scored. The ‘Jacks out-hit LU 11-6.
Senior Mackenzie Handel finished 1-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Handel made the most out of his first trip to the plate, belting his Southland Conference leading ninth homerun of the season in the opening frame. Senior Zach Marberry finished 2-for-3, while senior Brett Thornell was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
SFA set the tone early, hammering out five runs in the bottom of the first inning, to chase Cardinal starter Will Hibbs (4-2), who recorded just one out, from the game. Sophomore Matthew Dickey walked and senior Ricardo Sanchez single to right field, before both came in on Handel’s no-doubter over the right field wall. The offensive showing continued, as the ‘Jacks rattled off three more base knocks in the frame to score two on a single to right field from Kyle Thornell.
Thornell got things going for SFA again in the fourth, tripling to dead-center. Freshman Will Vest then reached on an infield error to put runners at the corners. With no outs, Dickey plated Thornell on a single through the right side, before Vest came in on a fielder’s choice one batter later to make it 7-0.
In the fifth, LU scored their lone runs of the game on a two-run shot over the right field wall. The ‘Jacks answered in the bottom frame however, scoring three runs to take the 10-2 final. Thornell picked two more RBI with a double off the center field wall, before coming in on a Vest single through the right side.
SFA will go for the series win on Saturday in a 2:00 p.m. scheduled first pitch. The ‘Jacks will send senior Kyle Cross to the mound opposite Chase Angelle. Due to expected bad weather, the series conclusion on Sunday will be advanced to a 10:00 a.m. start.