ABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian University defeated Stephen F. Austin 11-6 in an offensive-filled game two. ACU improves to 12-3 (WAC 2-0) as SFA falls to 6-9 (WAC 2-0).
The Wildcats’ offense started off hot in the beginning of the game and within the first five batters, they collected three singles and a walk. They were able to capitalize on a costly infield error by the ‘Jacks and ended up with four runs in the first inning. The Wildcats held a 5-1 lead going into the third, after scoring on a bases loaded wild pitch by the ‘Jacks in the second inning
The Lumberjacks were finally able to stop the bleeding in the top of the third and was able to load the bases on their first three batters. Cal Martin was able to bring in the ‘Jacks second run with a sacrifice fly and Cole Hill followed with an RBI single to center field, bringing the score to 5-3.
After scoring another run off an error in the fourth inning, ACU grew their lead to 8-3 with a two-run homer.
Julian Thompson is starting to heat up for SFA as he knocked out his first home run of the year in the eighth inning, bringing in three runs, and lowering the deficit to two. However, that momentum swing for the ‘Jacks was short lived as the Wildcats responded right back with three runs of their own off of two singles, a hit batter, and a two-run double.
Skip AdThat double for ACU capped off a strong day for the Wildcats as they collected 11 runs off of 16 hits, with six Wildcats having multi-hit games. The two errors for the Lumberjack’s certainly didn’t help their case as those two costly mistakes led to four unearned runs.
Clayton Loranger had a strong day at the plate today, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Hill and Thompson had two hits on the day, both collecting some RBIs along the way as well.
The Lumberjacks will look to end the road trip on a high note before returning back to Jaycee’s Field, taking on the Wildcats one final time for game three tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.