NATCHITOCHES – Nick Heath scored on a two-out, walk-off single by Edwin Gomez in the 13th inning to give the Northwestern State baseball team its fourth-straight victory with a 5-4 win over Stephen F. Austin Friday night.
The second game of the series was moved up to noon on Saturday from its original start time of 2 o'clock. The final game will be on Sunday at 1 o'clock.
Stephen F. Austin (9-11) jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and NSU (11-9) trailed the entire game until Joel Atkinson tied the contest at 4-4 with a single to right field that scored Heath from second base in the bottom of the ninth. Heath reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second base after Gomez singled to center field.
Heath reached on a single to left field in the 13th inning with two outs, and promptly stole second base before he advanced to third base on wild pitch.
SFA opened the game with a single to center field from Conner Fikes that scored Zach Marberry and Rick Cruz in the first inning. They added another in the first on a single from Gevon Jackson to score Fikes.
Caleb Dugas cut the lead to 3-2 with a double to right center field that scored Gomez and Heath, who both drew walks that led off the inning. Aktinson sacrificed on a bunt that put both runners in scoring position.
Mackenzie Handel homered in the sixth inning before NSU scored one in the eighth and ninth innings to tie the game for extra innings. Gomez scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.
Freshman Adam Oller started the game on the mound for NSU, and pitched nine innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Steven Spann (4-3) earned the win on four scoreless innings with three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.
Cameron Gann started the game for SFA and worked seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. Tyler Wiedenfeld pitched two innings of relief and allowed two runs on four hits and two strikeouts. Chris Hassold (0-1) took the loss on 2.2 inning pitched with one run allowed on three hits.
Gomez finished the game with three hits in six at-bats with a walk. Dugas also had a multi-hit game with two doubles in six tries. Atkinson, Cort Brinson, Chase Daughdrill, Bret Underwood, Garrett Logan, Nathan Lyons and Heath all added hits. Daughdrill improved his reached base streak to 20.