Dozier, Choate Lead SFA To 6-3 Win
May 5, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Hunter Dozier hit a pair of home runs and starter Justin Choate matched a career high with seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work in a 6-3 Stephen F. Austin win over Northwestern State in the series finale on Sunday at Jaycees Field.
SFA (25-23, 12-9 SLC) broke things open in the fifth inning for the second consecutive day, scoring five times and building a 6-0 lead that was plenty of cushion for Choate, who was starting after missing last week's start due to a lingering injury.
The right-hander struck out seven Demons (14-35, 3-18 SLC) and limited the Northwestern State offense to just three hits in the first seven innings before being lifted after issuing consecutive walks to open the eighth. Both of those runs scored, accounting for his only two charged runs in an otherwise sparkling effort that upped his season record to 3-2.
The Demons used six pitches on the day, but it was starter Ashton Sivigliano who was saddled with the loss after allowing just one run on Dozier''s first-inning solo shot in his 2.0 innings of work.
Dozier finished the day 3-for-4 with four RBI, picking up his second multi-homer game of the year. He was the only Lumberjack with more than one hit on the day in what was a nine-hit attack for SFA. Brett Thornell and Jackson Hood also picked up RBI hits.
The win has SFA in a tie for fifth place in the Southland, three games back of league-leader Sam Houston State with six to play.
Dozier launched the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first to left field for a solo homer that put the `Jacks in front 1-0 early on. Choate then went to work and had five strikeouts in the first three innings, keeping the Demons off the board for the first seven frames.
The `Jacks offense gave him some breathing room with a five-run bottom of the fifth, getting singles from Ricardo Sanchez and Freddy Villalobos to ignite the rally. Run-scoring singles from Hood and Thornell followed, but it was a three-run homer from Dozier to straightaway center field, his second of the day, that was the big blow.
Meanwhile, Choate allowed just two hits in his final six innings of work and had not walked a batter until the eighth when he issued consecutive free passes to the first two Demon hitters of the inning. Northwestern State followed with RBI singles from Edwin Gomez and Will Watson off of reliever Cameron Gann to get on the scoreboard. One batter later an RBI fielder's choice from Nick Purdy cut the lead to 6-3, but the `Jacks then turned to Ingvardsen who got each of the next two hitters to quell the final threat of the day for the Demons.
SFA will wrap up its midweek slate on Tuesday at Houston Baptist in a 3:00 p.m. contest.