'Jacks Square Series vs Bearkats
March 29, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin managed just two hits, but made both of them stand up for Kyle Cross and Brett Higginbotham, who did the heavy lifting on the mound in a 2-0 win over Sam Houston State on Friday night at Jaycees Field.
Meanwhile, Cross and Higginbotham combined to put together SFA's first shutout of the season and just its second shutout of the Bearkats since 1991. Cross was brilliant, getting the win and moving to 4-2 on the year while striking out a season-high seven batters in 7.0 innings of work and allowing just five hits.
He then handed things over to the senior Higginbotham, who set down six of the eight batters he faced in two innings, fanning a pair on his way to his first save of the season.
Andrew Godail was the tough-luck loser for the `Kats, falling to 3-1 on the year despite striking out 10 and allowing just two hits in 8.0 innings and walking six. Sam Houston's offense did manage seven hits, three coming from second baseman Jessie Plumlee.
From there it turned into a battle of the starting pitchers, with Cross working out of the only real Sam Houston threat in the top of the third when the `Kats loaded the bases with two down on hits from Colt Atwood and Luke Plucheck and a walk to Plumlee; but, Cross responded with a strikeout of shortstop Carter Burgess. Sam Houston only managed to get a runner as far as second base one time the remainder of the way.
Meanwhile, Godail was equally as good for the Bearkats, not allowing a second hit until two outs in the bottom of the fifth when Dozier launched a solo home run out to right-center for the final SFA run, pushing the lead to 2-0.
SFA will try and take its first series from Sam Houston State in three seasons on Saturday when it closes out the weekend with the `Kats at 1:00 p.m. at Jaycees Field. Cameron Gann is slated to get the ball for the `Jacks, opposed by lefty Caleb Smith for the `Kats.