SFA Gets Walk-Off Win On Senior Day
May 19, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Ricardo Sanchez hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give Stephen F. Austin a 5-4 win over Nicholls on Senior Day, Saturday at Jaycees Field.
The win, coupled with Central Arkansas' loss to Sam Houston gives SFA (23-31, 16-17 SLC) the No. 6 seed in next week's Southland Conference Tournament. The `Jacks will take on the host, No. 3 Texas State, on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Bobcat Ballpark. The Bobcats clinched the third spot with their win on Saturday at Northwestern State.
The loss eliminated the Colonels (26-28, 13-19 SLC) from postseason contention.
Sanchez's single scored Freddy Villalobos with the winning run after the junior had led off the ninth with a single up the middle, then moved to second on a bunt by Bryce Cummings. Sanchez then shot the first pitch he saw into the right-center field gap that plated Villalobos easily from second base.
The `Jacks had tied the game two innings earlier on an RBI single from Hunter Dozier, and the walk-off made a winner of senior Colton Eubanks who moved to 5-5 after tossing a pair of scoreless innings of relief. Justin Choate took a no-decision after a solid start, allowing just two runs on six hits in five innings of work, striking out four and walking none.
Reliever Brad Delatte took the loss for the Colonels, falling to 0-2, in relief of starter Michael Suk who managed seven innings of work with six strikeouts and four runs allowed.
For the second straight day the SFA offense managed to do damage, producing five runs on 11 hits, with two-hit games coming from Zach Benson, Dozier and Villalobos.
Nicholls scored each of their first three runs with two outs, including a pair off of Choate in the bottom of the second. Beau Faulk and Austin Flores started the rally with singles before Cody Dufrene and David Zorn each brought in runs, putting them up 2-0 with RBI singles of their own.
SFA got one back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Benson to score Villalobos who had reached on a leadoff single. One inning later SFA went in front with a rally that started when Chris Hernandez reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout. A single by Max Lamantia and a double steal put two runners in scoring position, each of which came home on a sacrifice fly from Villalobos and an RBI single by Cummings.
Choate went on to shut down the Colonels in the fifth inning before Nicholls managed to tie it up with Cody Priest on the mound for the `Jacks, cashing in on a two-out double by Michael LeGrange when Flores singled him home to knot the game at 3-3. Nicholls then went ahead 4-3 an inning later when Matt Richard reached on an infield single and then stole second, scoring on the play on errant throw into center field.
But an inning later, in the seventh, SFA was the beneficiary of a throwing error when Benson reached second when Suk's throw went awry on a bunt single, setting the table for Dozier who shot a single to left field to tie the game again at 4-4.
Eubanks then tossed a scoreless top of the ninth to set things for the offense, who needed just three batters to plate the winning run.
Before the game SFA honored its 11-member senior class of: Zack Taylor, Alex Moshier, Jarid Scarafiotti, Colton Eubanks, Cory Ochs, Chris Hernandez, Tomas Solano, Adam Mann, Brad Oates, Bobby Loveless and Bryce Cummings.