SFA Blasts Louisiana Tech In Home Opener
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks got two home runs from Jordon Lenaburg as part of a 14-hit outburst that led to a 10-5 win over Louisiaan Tech on Wednesday in SFA's home opener at Jaycees Field.
The 14 hits and 10 runs paced SFA (2-4) starter Kevin Bishop, who struck out five in seven innings of work for his first win of the season. The junior righty allowed just five hits and two earned runs, needing just 86 pitches to put together his strongest outing of his career.
The afternoon featured its share of stars, led by Lenaburg's pair of two-run bombs, coming in the fourth and sixth innings and helping break open a game that snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Bulldogs (2-6) that dated back to 1994. In addition to Lenaburg, Freddy Villalobos also scored four times to go with three hits and his third home run of the season.
Ricardo Sanchez reached all five times he came to the plate, collecting four hits and a walk, while Hunter Dozier added a pair of hits and an RBI, tying the SFA career record for doubles with his 36th two-bagger in the bottom of the seventh.
Sam Alvis paced the Bulldogs with a pair of hits, and Omar Ugarte fell to 1-1 with the loss. The right-hander struck out five, but also allowed five runs on six hits in 3.2 innings on the mound.
SFA scored in six of its eight times to the plate on the day, starting in the first when Dozier brought in Villalobos with an RBI single through the left side of the infield. One inning later SFA made it 2-0 when Joseph Olson beat out an infield single on the twelfth pitch of his bat to score Sanchez, and the‘Jacks tacked on one more in the bottom of the third when Villalobos crossed the plate on the first of three Tech errors on the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Bishop allowed just one base runner in the first three innings before Tech cracked the scoring column on an errant throw from Lenaburg to Bishop at the first-base bag that scored Ryan Gebhard who had led of the inning with a double.
But the ‘Jacks quickly responded in its half of the fourth to break the game open with four runs. It started when Villalobos followed a double off the left field wall from Zach Benson with a towering shot over the center field fence to push the lead to 5-1. Two batters later Lenaburg blasted his first homer of the season deep over the left-center field wall off of reliever James Ferguson for a 7-1 lead.
Tech got a pair of runs back in the top of the fifth, but Lenaburg answered with his second bomb of the day in the bottom of the sixth to balloon the lead to 9-3. SFA would add one more on an RBI single from Sanchez in the bottom of the seventh, and Chase Greening and Kyle Cross tossed an inning of relief apiece to close it out.
The ‘Jacks will next head south to take part in the UTSA Tournament for three games, beginning Friday vs Penn State. They will then face Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday and host UTSA on Sunday. All games will be played at Wolff Stadium, home of the San Antonio Missions.
We will have the highlights Wednesday at 10 p.m. on KTRE news.