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Rodriguez goes seven strong innings to help Wildcats snap losing streak

Published On: Apr 18 2014 10:09:50 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

Senior lefthander went seven strong innings Friday afternoon for his first win of the season to help the ACU Wildcats snap a nine-game losing streak with an 8-6 win over Stephen F. Austin in Southland Conference baseball action at Crutcher Scott Field.

The win pushes the Wildcats to 13-22 overall and 3-8 in the Southland, while the Lumberjacks fall to 16-22 and 7-10. The teams will conclude their series at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Rodriguez -- who picked up his 10th career victory in the ACU win -- scattered seven hits over seven strong innings and gave up just three runs and struck out five batters.

ACU got three runs in the first inning -- two coming in on a throwing error by SFA pitcher Dillon Mangham -- and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to carry a 5-2 lead into the final three innings.

After SFA closed to within 5-3 with a run in the seventh, the Wildcats got two more in the seventh on back-to-back RBI singles from and , and then scored another in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by team RBI leader to make it 8-3.

, who worked a clean eighth inning, ran into trouble in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs for Kyle Thornell, who promptly unloaded the bases with a three-run double to right-centerfield to make it an 8-6 game. But Sheets got Nick Ramos to ground out on a 1-1 pitch to end the game, preserving the win for ACU.

Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.