Lions Even Series With 7-3 Win
April 20, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -The Southeastern Louisiana Lions struck early and added on late with a barrage of small ball that was plenty for starter Tate Scioneaux as the Lions squared its weekend series with Stephen F. Austin with a 7-3 win on Saturday afternoon at Jaycees Field.
SFA (20-18, 9-5 SLC) committed four errors on the afternoon, although all Lion runs were earned, and was only able to keep Southeastern (26-14, 9-5 SLC) off the bases in two of the nine frames on the day. The `Jacks moved back into a tie for first place with the loss, while the Lions moved up a spot in the standings.
Scioneaux moved to 5-0 on the season with the win, striking out six and allowing six hits in 7.0 innings of work. Mason Klotz followed with a pair of scoreless innings to close things for Southeastern.
SFA starter Kyle Cross did not make it out of the fifth, allowing four runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings. Cameron Gann allowed a run in 3.0 innings of relief, while Garrett Powell and Cass Ingvardsen tossed the eighth inning, while Matt Mundkowsky threw a perfect ninth.
Freddy Villalobos and Jordan Camel each went 2-for-4 offensviely for SFA, while Ricardo Sanchez launched his second home run of the year. Meanwhile, eight Lions combined for a 12-hit attack, led by a 3-for-5 effort from freshman Jameson Fisher.
It took Southeastern just three batters and some trickeration to take an early lead. A single from Jesse Buratt and a double from Jameson Fisher with one out set things up for a squeeze bunt from Sam Roberson. The bunt itself scored a run, and the first of four Lumberjack errors on the day pushed across one more on the play. Cross managed to get a double-play ball to work out of the inning, but SFA still trailed 2-0 after an inning of play.
Cross worked a perfect third, but ran into trouble quickly in the fourth when Ladd Rhodes tripled to start the inning, scoring three batters later on a ground out fro Kyle Cedotal to push the lead to 3-1.
Southeastern was able to take advantage of another leadoff man on base an inning later, getting a double from Fisher to start the inning. The Lions loaded the sacks with just one out, but were only able to score a run on an SFA error, taking a 4-1 lead after five full innings of play.
Reliever Cameron Gann worked around a leadoff single in the sixth to put up a scoreless frame, then Ricardo Sancheztrimmed the lead to 4-3 with his second home run of the year in the bottom half of the inning to right field, scoring Villlaobos who had led off the inning with a single.
But the Lions immediate responded, scratching across a run in the seventh on an infield hit by Ben Hernandez, then adding two more in the eighth on a double from Jesse Buratt and a grounder by Sam Roberson.
SFA will try and take the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the series finale. Senior right-hander Justin Choatewill get the ball for SFA, opposite Lion righty Kaleb Manuel.