NACOGDOCHES – In what was a low scoring affair, the Tarleton Texans fell to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 4-2 at Jaycees Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Lumberjacks (8-18, 4-8 WAC) completed the series sweep to pull within one game of the Texans (9-17, 5-7 WAC) in the Western Athletic Conference Southwest Division.
Tarleton broke the 1-1 tie and took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning thanks to an Alec Williams RBI single to right field that scored Colby Seltzer.
Tarleton kept the lead through the sixth inning, but SFA brought three runs home in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead that was ultimately all they needed to secure the win.
Texan starting pitcher Bryce Hackett (1-4) was tagged with the loss. SFA’s Dillon Eatman hit a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh. Hackett allowed two more singles before being pulled for Matthew Hickey. The Lumberjacks brought two more runs home on a double by Kyle Cullen to take the 4-2 lead.
Hackett’s final line was 6.1 innings pitched, four runs allowed on seven hits, and seven strikeouts. The seven strikeouts are a career-high.
Tarleton stranded two runners each in the eighth and ninth innings. SFA reliever Brooks Caple earned the save. Cully Mangus (1-2) earned the win after throwing 2.0 innings allowing two hits and no runs.
Tarleton was led offensively by Cody Vannoy as he posted a team-high two hits. The Texans’ only other run of the game came in the third inning as Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo hit an RBI single down the left field line to score Bryan Aguilar and tie the game at one.
Right fielder London Green moved his hit streak to 15 consecutive games with a single to right field in the top of the sixth. Tarleton has now lost five straight games coming off a six-game win streak.
The Texans return home to the Tarleton Baseball Complex this week. Their next game comes on Tuesday as they host Wofford at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed on the WAC Digital Network.