NACOGDOCHES, Tx - Colton Eubanks shut out South Alabama for seven innings and the Lumberjack offense exploded for eight runs in the third inning as Stephen F. Austin took a 9-0 win in the second game of a three-game weekend set on Saturday at Jaycees Field.
Eubanks struck out five and allowed just five singles - two of the infield variety - to earn his first win as an SFA (4-7) starter, needing just 88 pitches to do so. Sophomores Kevin Bishop and Fabian Arcizo each tossed a shutout innings of relief to make it 15 consecutive shutout innings for SFA since Friday's extra-inning win.
Hunter Dozier and Rene' Moreda each had two hits apiece as part of SFA's 11-hit output, with Dozier also connecting on his fourth homer of the season to lead off the game-breaking third inning against South Alabama (2-8) starter Jordan Patterson, who allowed seven runs - one earned - in 2.2 innings to take the loss for the Jaguars.
SFA left three combined runners on in each of the first two innings before breaking things open in the third. Dozier took the second pitch he saw from Patterson over the wall to give SFA a 1-0 lead, and two batters later Ricardo Sanchez reached first base when USA catcher Drew Cofield's throw to first base following a strikeout went wild. The `Jacks then cashed in on the mistake when two batters later Rene' Moreda blooped a run-scoring double down the right-field line, followed by an RBI ground out by Max Lamantia to score Bobby Loveless who had reached on a walk.
Michael Ruiz, Bryce Cummings and Rory Myers then each drove in runs with consecutive two-out singles, driving Patterson from the mound. But reliever Tyler Huffer did not fare much better, surrendering an RBI double to Dozier and a two-run single to Jarid Scarafiotti on the first to pitches he threw, giving the `Jacks a comfortable 8-0 lead after three innings of play.
That was plenty of Eubanks, who got another run of cushion an inning later on a sacrifice fly from Michael Ruiz, as he allowed just five base runners the rest of the way and just one as far as second base. The junior needed just 12 pitches to get through his final inning, coaxing a double-play grounder from Neil Hudson to end the seventh.
Bishop then came in to punch out a hitter in a scoreless eighth before Arcizo followed the feat with a scoreless ninth, pitching around a pair of singles.
SFA will go for the series sweep of South Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m. when Chase Greening gets the ball in the series finale.
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