`Jacks Falter In Series Finale With Lamar
April 27, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team led 4-1, but could not hold on in a 5-4 loss to Lamar on Sunday morning at Jaycees Field.
SFA (17-26, 8-13 SLC) was held scoreless after the fourth inning, as the Cardinals (26-17, 12-9 SLC) won their fourth straight Southland Conference series.
Sophomore Matthew Dickey led the ‘Jacks at the plate, going 3-for-6 with an RBI and run scored. Senior Mackenzie Handel went 2-for-3, with a pair of singles, while Ricardo Sanchez, Brett Thornell, Nick Ramos and Will Vest, each collected one hit.
Freshman Patrick Ledet suffered the loss, falling to 0-4 on the season, allowing one run (unearned) in one inning of relief pitched. Junior Tyler Wiedenfeld took a no decision in his first start of the season. Usually called in to close games for SFA, Wiedenfeld scattered six hits, two runs (one earned) in four innings pitched.
After two silent innings, LU struck first to take a 1-0 lead on the ‘Jacks. With two outs, Sam Bumpers, who extended his single-season school record to 27 consecutive games with a hit, scored Jude Vidrine on a singled up the middle. Vidrine doubled into the left center gap, before advancing to third base on a groundout in the infield.
SFA responded with one run in the bottom frame however, on a sac fly from senior Zach Marberry, before tacking on three more in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead on the Cardinals. Ramos and sophomore Kyle Thornell singled and walked to open the frame, before advancing up a base on a sac bunt from freshman Conner Fikes. Ramos then scored on an infield error on a groundball from freshman Will Vest, as Dickey and Marberry reached on a single to left center and another infield error to plate Thornell and Vest.
LU scored four runs over their next three trips to the plate to take a 5-4 lead through seven innings, as ‘Jacks left eight runners on the base paths the rest of the way.
SFA will host TCU on Tuesday to close its four-game homestand. The game marks the first time the Horned Frogs have come to Nacogdoches, Texas, since the 1992 season.