Offense Sputters in 12-1 Loss to Bearkats
May 3, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Stephen F. Austin struck first, but the Lumberjack bats then went quiet as SFA dropped a 12-1 defeat to Sam Houston State. The ‘Jacks fell to 17-29 on the season and 8-15 in Southland Conference play.
SFA managed just four hits on the day, two of which came in the first inning off singles from Ricardo Sanchez and Mackenzie Handel as the ‘Jacks loaded the bases. Brett Thornell notched a sacrifice fly to score Sanchez as SFA took the early 1-0 lead.
But the Lumberjack offense struggled from that point forward, registering just two hits over the next seven innings as SFA was retired in order in six of those innings, including 15-straight from the second through sixth innings.
Meanwhile, the Bearkats key number was three on the day as SHSU recorded three runs in the first, third, sixth and eighth innings to pull away, including a three-run homerun in the eighth to end the game with just two outs recorded.
Kevin Bishop was credited with the loss for SFA after allowing six runs, all earned, off five hits in 2.2 innings of work. Jarred Greene and Josh Keith both allowed three runs while Patrick Ledet was the only ‘Jack pitcher to keep the Bearkats off the board in his 0.2 innings of work.
SFA now tries to salvage the final game of the three-game series as the two teams return to action tomorrow at 12:55 p.m.