Hitting And Pitching Both Strong In 10-3 Win
May 16, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team pounded out 10 runs on 13 hits and got a complete game effort from senior Kevin Bishop, the first of his career, in his final start in a 10-3 win over Houston Baptist on Friday afternoon at Husky Field.
Bishop (2-7) went the distance for SFA (19-35, 10-19 SLC) on 131 pitches, working around a three-run fourth from the Huskies (23-27, 12-17 SLC), to pick up his second win of the season. The native of College Station, Texas, scattered eight hits and three walks for HBU, while striking out six in 42 batters faced.
Five ‘Jacks picked up two hits, highlighted by sophomore Kyle Thornell who finished 2-for-4 with a three-run homerun, his sixth of the season. Junior Gevon Jackson also finished 2-for-4, picking up a pair of doubles with a RBI. SFA recorded four doubles in total, as senior Zach Marberry and freshman Nick Ramos joined Jackson with a two-bagger. Ramos also picked up a bases-clearing triple to cap off a 2-for-4 performance.
After both teams stranded two in the first inning, the ‘Jacks capitalized on a walk to score one in the top of the second. With one out, junior Dan O’Neill worked a full-count walk, before advancing to third on a single up the middle from freshman Levi Smith. Jackson then delivered O’Neill in the next at bat, doubling to the left center gap to give SFA a 1-0 lead.
The momentum continued for the ‘Jacks in the top of the third, as Marberry and Brett Thornell singled before scoring on a homerun from Kyle Thornell to open the frame. O’Neill then walked, advancing to third on a passed ball and wild pitch, as Jackson followed with a walk of his own. O’Neill scored in the team’s next at bat on a throwing error after Jackson stole second.
HBU scored their first runs of the game, plating three Huskies on four hits, to cut the lead to two runs in the bottom of the third.
The 5-3 advantage spanned the next three innings, before the SFA bats caught fire again for a five-run eighth to take a 10-3 lead. O’Neill and senior Mackenzie Handel (pinch hit) singled and freshman Will Vest walked to load the bases, before all three came in on a triple that one-hopped the wall in left center from Ramos. Marberry then followed with a double to the same gap to score Ramos, before Brett Thornell singled to right field to plate Marberry.
Bishiop retired six of his last eight batters faced across the final two innings, ending the game on a strikeout to complete the game and even the series 1-1.
The ‘Jacks will go for the series win in a 2:00 p.m. first pitch behind senior Kyle Cross to close out the season on Saturday.