SFA Falls To HBU In Extras
May 15, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Houston Baptist's Thomas Clay scored on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the 12th inning to claim a 6-5 victory over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team on Thursday afternoon at Husky Field.
SFA (18-35, 9-19 SLC) outhit the Huskies (23-26, 12-16 SLC) 15-11 and were error free for a second consecutive game.
Seniors Brett Thornell and Zach Marberry led the `Jacks at the plate, each collecting three hits. Thornell finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Marberry finished 3-for-5 with his team-leading 17th double of the season, which sits in a five-way tie for sixth all-time.
SFA recorded four doubles in total, leading off an inning with three of them.
Senior Justin Hunsaker (0-2) took the loss, surrendering the game-winning run in a third of an inning pitched. The `Jacks used four relievers after starter Dillon Mangham, who allowed four runs on seven hits across seven innings. Mangham struck out three and walked one in 29 batters faced.
Junior Tyler Wiedenfeld kept HBU at bay, holding the Huskies scoreless across two and two-third innings.
The `Jacks wasted little time getting on the board, scoring four pitches in. Sophomore Matthew Dickey doubled down the right field line with a 1-2 count, before coming in on a single to right field from Thornell one pitch later.
The 1-0 lead spanned the next three innings, as Mangham retired his first 10 batters faced before being tagged for two runs on four singles in the bottom of the fourth to fall behind 2-1.
SFA responded in the team's next at bat, plating one run to tie the game. Freshman Nick Ramos doubled to the left center gap and advanced on a sac bunt, before scoring on a groundout to the shortstop from freshman Will Vest.
The `Jacks plated one more in the top of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead, scoring on a throwing error on a fielder's choice, but HBU responded with two runs in the bottom frame to reclaim the one-run edge at 4-3.
In the eighth, SFA recorded consecutive singles, advancing on a passed ball and a wild pitch to tie the game, as junior Josh Keith entered and retired the Husky side in the bottom frame to keep it 4-4 headed to the final inning of regulation.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, Vest, Dickey and Thornell recorded consecutive singles to shortstop, third base (bunt) and centerfield to take a 5-4 edge.
Wiedenfeld entered with one out in the bottom of the ninth after a single from Zach Nehrir. The Husky then advanced on a wild pitch in Wiedenfeld's first batter faced, before scoring on a single to left field to knot the game 5-5.
The stalemate lasted two innings, until Clay scored in the bottom of the 12th. With one out, Clay singled to center field and moved up to second on a hit by pitch, before scoring on a fielder's choice in which he was ruled safe at the plate on the throw home.
The `Jacks will try and even the series behind senior Kevin Bishop in a 2:00 p.m. first pitch against HBU's Ryan Lower. Friday's game time was pushed back from its original 1:00 p.m. time to accommodate finals for the Husky baseball team.