Kraft hurls complete game as UTSA upends Stephen F. Austin in Sunday's series finale
NACOGDOCHES — Sophomore Michael Kraft tossed the first complete game of his career and UTSA upended Stephen F. Austin, 7-3, in Sunday's series finale at Jaycees Field.
Kraft (4-2) started 22 of the 38 batters he faced with a strike and limited the Lumberjacks (9-14, 4-5 SLC) to three runs in the contest. The San Antonio native scattered 10 hits and fanned four.
The Roadrunners (11-13, 3-6 SLC) backed up Kraft at the plate with six runs in the first two frames, including a five-spot in the second.
Freshmen Horacio Correa III and Justin Anderson each tallied a pair of hits, while Correa III led off the contest with his first home run of the spring.
The Birds chased SFA starter Brett Higginbotham in the second after sending all nine batters to the dish.
Senior Colby Braddock drove in the first run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Sophomore RJ Perucki then reached on a fielder's choice, which pushed junior Jake Wood across the plate, and after a run scored on a double play, Anderson produced an RBI single. Senior Casey Selsor capped the scoring in the inning with a triple to center.
The Lumberjacks scored their first run in the bottom half of the frame on Rene Moreda's run-scoring double.
Max Lamantia drew Stephen F. Austin closer in the following panel with a two-run homer to center.
However, UTSA answered with a mark in the fourth.
Correa III reached on a one-out single and moved to second when Anderson followed with a single to right. Selsor then walked to load the bases and junior Daniel Rockett's sacrifice fly to left brought home Correa III.
Kraft took over from there, as the left-hander allowed just four hits the rest of the way.
Higginbotham (2-2) surrendered five runs (three earned) on two hits and struck out one.
The Roadrunners return home to host Texas-Pan American (11-5) on Tuesday, March 27 at the Bird Bath. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.