NACOGDOCHES, Texas — A day after a barrage of hits helped the University of New Orleans defeat Stephen F. Austin, the Privateers were pushed to the limit before holding on for a 5-4 win at Jaycees Field.
The Lumberjacks (9-11, 0-5 Southland Conference) trailed UNO 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but made a bid to force extra innings. SFA pulled to within a run on Slayton Vaughan’s one-out RBI double before UNO (15-4, 4-1) closed the door.
Daniel Martinez, who relieved UNO starter Riley Hodge in the eighth inning, got the final two outs to record his seventh save of the season.
“We always seem to make it interesting,” UNO coach Blake Dean said. “I want a clean finish somewhere along the line, but we find a way to get it done. Daniel comes in, gives us two innings and did a great job. He’s throwing the ball really well.”
Hodge (3-0) was called into action when scheduled starter Ryan Calloway was a late scratch. Hodge was effective allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings. Hodge exited in the bottom of the eighth after Nick Hodges lead off home run cut the Privateers lead to 5-3.
“Riley did a good job,” Dean said. “He made one bad pitch after falling behind in the count, but overall he gave us a good chance to win.”
UNO scored its runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Trailing 1-0, the Privateers loaded the bases in the sixth and scored three times. The runs were forced in by an error, a walk and a fielder’s choice.
In the seventh, Dakota Dean homered to make it 4-2. Preston Marsh later singled home Hezekiah Randolph with the final run.