Lumberjacks hit five home runs for edge
Nacogdoches, TX – Stephen F. Austin laid the foundation for a victory early on and the slow-starting Texas State Bobcats could not overcome a 14 hit- five home run affair and fell 13-9 Saturday afternoon at Jaycees Field.
SFA (21-25; 8-14 SLC) put three quick runs on the board in the bottom of the second inning starting with a pair of base runners that reached on a walk and a single through the left side. Kai Kirby plated the pair with a hard-hitting triple to centerfield and did not wait for the next at-bat to score. He stole home before Steven Siers delivered his next pitch to give the ‘Jacks a 3-0 start.
Meanwhile Elliott Babcock had the lone hit for the ‘Cats (24-21; 14-9 SLC) throughout five innings on a single in the top of the second to right field.
The ‘Jacks moved up 5-0 on a two-RBI double from Kirby and took an 8-0 lead after three of the top four batters in the bottom of the fifth belted home runs off Siers.
A late rally in the top of the sixth popped off when Thomas Field hit a triple to center field on two outs and Adam Witek backed it with a single up the middle to give the ‘Cats their first run. Witek shifted to third on Goldschmidt’s single down the left line and scored on a slice through the left side from Lance Loftin.
Down 9-2 in the top of the seventh, Jonathan Farrow latched on to an 0-1 pitch from Erich Gregersen to give the ‘Cats three runs on a solo blast to center.
With strong relief from Brian Borski out of the bullpen, Texas State managed to stifle the ‘Jacks offense and move ahead at the plate.
With one out in the eighth, Goldschmidt reached on a fielder’s choice and back-to-back singles followed to send him home. With runners on the corners SFA brought in Heath Konesheck who hit Ben Theriot to load the bases. Down 0-2 in the count, Laurn Randell came through with a slice through the right side to score Loftin and Babcock and put ‘Cats within three. Richard Folmer relieved Konesheck and one hit batter and wild pitch later Texas State was back in the game, 9-8 with the winning run on first base. Thomas Field flew out to end the five-run eighth.
SFA answered back in the bottom of the inning, tacking on four more runs to take a 13-8 advantage and held Texas State to just one run in the ninth to take the win.
Witek went 2-for-5 and added one RBI to his two runs for the day. Three other ‘Cats notched a pair of hits against the ‘Jacks.
Siers took the loss for the Maroon and fell to 4-2 on the season.
Gregersen improved to 2-2 with the win.
Texas State will look to fight off the sweep tomorrow afternoon in the final game of the series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
By AMBER ARTERBERRY
Assistant Sports Information Director