SFA Blasts Tigers In Midweek Finale
April 24, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - Stephen F. Austin exploded for 15 runs in the first three innings and cruised to an 18-7 win over Texas Southern on Wednesday at the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park.
Five Lumberjacks (23-18) had multi-hit games on the day, with six `Jacks picking up at least two RBI. The win completes a midweek sweep of the Tigers (17-21) after a 3-1 win in Nacogdoches on Tuesday evening.
Zach Benson and Jackson Hood each had three RBI for the `Jacks, who pounded out 16 hits against six Tiger pitchers and took advantage of four TSU miscues in the field. Freddy Villalobos and Matthew Dickey led SFA with three hits and a pair of RBI, while Zach Benson, Hunter Dozier and Joseph Olson all scored three runs apiece.
Lefty Justin Hunsaker was credited with the win for the `Jacks, allowing just one unearned run in 3.0 innings of relief. He was one of four Lumberjack pitchers to see action on the day, while starter Denzel Pipkin took the loss for the Tigers after allowing seven runs in just 2.0 innings.
SFA broke it open early, striking for six runs in the top of the first inning off of Pipkin, all with two outs. The first came on an error from Pipkin, but a two-run single from Olson quickly followed, in front of an RBI single from Gevon Jackson. One batter later Jackson Hood chopped a two-run double inside the third-base bag, giving the `Jacks a comfortable 6-0 lead after a half inning.
Villalobos got one more home on an RBI double in the second inning, then the SFA offense exploded once again in the top of the third, pushing across seven more runs to go up 15-0 after three full frames. Dickey had the first RBI of the inning with an RBI single, immediately followed by a three-run triple from Benson. Dozier, Villalobos, Sanchez, Lamantia and Hood each followed with RBI of their own as 13 hitters came to the plate for the `Jacks in the inning.
The Tigers were finally able to put something together in the fourth, scoring four times to cut the lead to 16-5 and one in the fifth. Rick Cruz then picked up RBI in consecutive innings on a sacrifice fly and an RBI double before TSU struck for another run in the in the sixth.
SFA will next travel to Lamar for a three-game series with the Cardinals, who enter the weekend just a game back of SFA in the Southland Conference standings. The series will begin Friday at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont.