SFA Press Release
NATCHITOCHES, LA- Six errors by the Stephen F. Austin baseball team and five runs by Northwestern State through the first two innings of action didn’t help the ‘Jacks along in a 10-3 setback to the Demon on Friday night at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, La.
SFA slips to 11-12 and 1-6 in Southland Conference action while the Demons elevated their 2016 mark to above .500 both overall and in SLC tilts. Kyle Thornell went 3-for-4 at the plate, but he was the only ‘Jacks to amass more than one hit in the seven-run loss.
Seven of the 12 Northwestern State hits came off the bats of the Demons’ fourth through sixth bats with Matthew Alford and Spencer Goodwin submitting three-hit efforts to lead the home team to the league victory.
Conner Fikes handed the visitors an early 1-0 edge courtesy of a sacrifice fly in the ‘Jacks first set of plate appearances, but the Demons knotted matters with an RBI double in the home half of the first before adding four more in the second. Nick Heath’s sacrifice fly provided the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the second.
A three-spot put up by the home team on three hits and an SFA error in the fifth extended Northwestern State’s lead to 8-1.
Trailing by that same margin headed to the sixth, the ‘Jacks made it a five-run game by way of a Fikes RBI groundout and the second NSU error of the night, but the Demons added one run each in the seventh and eighth frames on a solo home run and an RBI single.
Erik Nouis (1-2) was on the receiving end of the setback, working 4.1 innings and surrendering eight runs - six of which were of the earned variety. Adam Oller hurled a complete game for the home team and notched four strikeouts to keep up record lossless in 2016.
The teams will play the middle portion of their three-game series at Brown-Stroud Field on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.