SFA Bats Stay Hot in Series Finale
Stephen F. Austin remained red-hot in the batter's box, taking the series finale from the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team, 15-3, on Sunday at Chapman Field. Bryson Myles went 4-for-5 and Hunter Dozier had a 3-for-5 day with four RBI for the Lumberjacks (26-11, 13-5 Southland).
Chris Vergne had two hits in a losing effort for the Islanders (22-18, 7-11). Alex Moshier picked up the win out of the bullpen for SFA, as starter Zack Taylor was pulled after 4 2/3 innings of impressive baseball. The righty allowed four hits and four walks, striking out three in a no-decision. Todd Simko got the loss after surrendering eight hits in 4 2/3 of his own.
The Jacks used the speed of Myles to get on the scoreboard in the first. The leadoff man got a single, then advanced to second on a sac bunt. He went on to steal third, then took off for the plate on a 1-1 pitch to Jarid Scarafiotti and slid in on a high and outside fastball to make it 1-0. The Islanders threatened in both the first and second, but in both cases, Taylor was able to wriggle off the hook, stranding two men on base.
In the fourth, the Jacks took advantage of the prevailing wind, as Hunter Dozier got one up into the jet stream for a two-run homer that just cleared the wall in right center. SFA followed with three runs in the top of the fifth to push the lead to 6-0, as a double and three singles resulted in another trio of tallies coming across.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Islanders rallied to load the bases with a single, walk and hit batsman with two away. But Vergne flew out to left center to end the threat, and SFA was able to card three runs in the top of the sixth to push the lead to 9-0. Garrett Smith had the big blow with a two-run triple to right center.
In the bottom of the frame, though, the Islanders were able to rebound with a pair of runs. Weston Montgomery led off with a single, and Omar Garcia followed with a pinch-hit RBI double to score Montgomery to make it 9-1. After a popout, Jeramie Marek followed with an infield single, and then Bobby Buckner ripped a single to right to trim the deficit to 9-2. But SFA called Moshier in from the bullpen, and he punched out Trey Hernandez and got Matt Holland to bounce out to end the threat.
The Jacks left no doubt in the top of the seventh, plating six runs on six hits, including a two-run double by Justin McAninch, to push the advantage to 15-2. The Islanders got a run in the bottom of the seventh with a Logan Nottebrok sac fly, but the game ended with the score 15-3 after Marek bounced out to wrap things up.
The Islanders are back in action on Wednesday, as they kick off a four-game road trip with an evening affair at Rice in Houston. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.