USA shuts out Jacks in rout
Published: Monday, February 18, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:02
The SFA Lumberjack Baseball team, held to three hits, fell 10-0 as South Alabama clinched the series Saturday afternoon at Eddie Stanky Field in Mobile, Ala.
Junior Kyle Cross (0-1) was found on the wrong end of four SFA (0-2) errors that resulted in five unearned runs across his five and two-thirds innings pitched. The Pearland native gave up six hits and recorded four strikeouts in the debut.
Three different players—Zach Benson, Hunter Dozier and Mackenzie Handel— recorded singles for the Jacks in the shutout.
After two silent innings for either team, USA (2-0) cashed in on four two-out hits and on SFA error to take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Following a ground out and strikeout by players in front of him, freshman Cole Billingsley singled up the middle. After a stolen base, Billingsley scored on an infield error to give the Jaguars a 1-0 lead. USA recorded three consecutive singles before Cross got senior Nick Zaharion to fly out and end the inning.
Out to a 3-0 lead, starter Jacob Noble (1-0) retired six SFA batters in order across the next two inning before the Jacks would threaten again.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, SFA was unable to take advantage of three Jaguar wild pitches as reliever Brandon Boyle retired junior Max Lamantia to leave runners stranded at second and third. As a mirror to USA, following a ground out and strikeout by players in from of him, junior Hunter Dozier singled up the middle. After back-to-back wild pitches advanced Dozier to third and issued a walk to designated hitter Jordon Lenaburg, the Jaguars went to Boyle out of the pen. A wild pitch to Lamantia would push Lenaburg to second, before Boyle got a ground out from Lamantia to end the SFA threat.
USA would add seven runs across the sixth and seventh inning, holding SFA at bay, to claim the 10-0 final.