Saturday, May 28, 2016

SFA forces deciding game with 1-0 win over Sam Houston at Southland Conference Tournament

SFA's Conner Fikes scored the Lumberjacks only run in
their win over Sam Houston.
Photo by Darla S Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 28, 2016) The No. 8 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks extended their season by at least one game as they defeated the No. 1 Sam Houston State Bearkats by the score of 1-0 in an elimination game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, Texas on Saturday, May 28, 2016, The game, which was played at Constellation Field, forced a 4 p.m. rematch between the two squads, with the winner advancing to the tournament final against the No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Sunday, May 29 with a 12 noon first pitch.

The Lumberjacks scored the game's lone run in the sixth inning when first baseman Stephen Stuart singled to right field on a 2-1 pitch, allowing designated hitter Conner Fikes to advance to home from second base. It was the seventh RBI for the Cypress, Texas native, who played his junior college ball at Blinn Junior College, in Brenham, Texas. With the win, the Lumberjacks raised their record to 30-29 while the Bearkats fell to 39-20. Right-handed reliever Austin Hearn received the win, his second of the season; facing three batters, throwing six pitches in a single innings. SHSU starter Dakota Mills received the loss, giving up the single SFA earned run on six hits, while facing 21 batters.

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