SFA Holds On For 4-3 Win In Season Finale
May 17, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team held off a seventh-inning comeback by Houston Baptist to take a 4-3 win and clinch the series on Saturday afternoon at Husky Field to close the season.
SFA (20-35, 11-19 SLC) got a solid effort from seniors Kyle Cross (1-6) and Fabian Arcizo on the mound. Cross picked up his first win of the season, scattering three runs and seven hits across seven and a third innings pitched against the Huskies (23-28, 12-18 SLC). The native of Pearland, Texas, struck out four and did not issue a walk in 29 batters faced.
Arcizo logged the final inning and two-thirds to record the first save of his career, retiring all five batters he faced.
After two silent innings, Ramos walked, representing the first base runner for either team with one out in the top of the third. He then advanced to second on a groundout from Vest, before scoring on a single to right field from Cruz to give SFA a 1-0 lead.
The `Jacks added a run in their next to trips to the plate to take a 3-0 lead on HBU. Senior Mackenzie Handel reached on a throwing error to open to open the fourth, before stealing second and scoring on a single up the middle from Ramos.
In the fifth, SFA tacked on one more, its third consecutive inning of scoring a run. Senior Zach Marberry walked with one out, advancing to third on a single to left center from Thornell in the next at bat. With runners at the corners, Jackson later singled up the middle to plate Marberry.
After the Huskies responded with one run in the bottom frame, HBU threatened again in sixth with a runner on third. Curtis Jones singled to left field, stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball, before Cross struck out Jordan McCoy to leave him stranded.
The `Jacks again capitalized on an error in seventh to add an insurance run. Thornell, after reaching on throwing error, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, scoring in the same at bat on a single from Jackson.
HBU rallied in the bottom of the seventh scoring two runs on two hits make it a one-run ballgame. Josh Martinez singled to open the frame, before scoring two pitches later on a triple from Zach Nehrir. Mike Champerlain then grounded out to score Nehrir, before Cross got a popout and a groundout to third base to end the threat.
Cross got another groundout to open the bottom of the eighth, before turning it over to Arcizo, who recorded the final five outs to slam the door for SFA.