`Jacks Fall 5-3 On Senior Day
May 11, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team attempted a late rally, but could not overcome a 5-0 deficit in a 5-3 loss to Nicholls State on Senior Day at Jaycess Field on Sunday.
SFA (18-32, 9-18 SLC) scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth on a bases-clearing triple from freshman Conner Fikes, who scored on a throwing error on the play to pull within two runs before a groundount two batters later ended the rally and sealed the series win for the Colonels (29-24, 18-9 SLC).
The `Jacks were narrowly outhit 9-8, as three SFA batters turned in two-hit games. Fikes led the way with his triple in a 2-for-4 performance, collecting three RBI and a run scored. Senior Ricardo Sanchez and Gevon Jackson also picked up two hits. Sanchez finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Jackson was 2-for-4.
Senior Kyle Cross (0-6) wore the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned) on nine hits across four and a third innings pitched. Relievers Josh Keith and Justin Hunsaker combined to pitch the final four and two-third innings, shutting down NICH throughout the remainder of the game. Keith logged three and two-third innings, retiring 11 of his 12 batters faced, with Hunsaker retiring the side in the final inning.
The Colonels scored one run in the top of the second on three singles and a sac bunt, before adding two runs in both the fourth and fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead.
The series finale marked the final home game for nine seniors - Kevin Bishop, Kyle Cross, Rick Cruz, Mackenzie Handel, Justin Hunsaker, Gevon Jackson, Zach Marberry, Ricardo Sanchez and Brett Thornell - and junior Fabian Arcizo.
The `Jacks will now embark on a five-game road swing to close the regular season. SFA will play at Creighton and Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, before ending with a three-game series at Houston Baptist spanning May 15-17.