Feb. 19, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Lumberjacks jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and got six strong innings from Tyler Herriage in taking a 9-4 win over Grambling on Friday at Jaycees Field.
The win was the first for SFA (1-0) on Opening Day since it beat Arkansas-Little Rock to open the 2006 season. The `Jacks pounded out 14 hits on the day, including a 4-for-5 day from Tanner Hines who also crossed home plate three times on the afternoon. Herriage captured the win with 6.0 innings of work in which he gave up just a single run and struck out eight Tigers (0-1).
Hines was not the only one getting into the act, however, as eight `Jacks registered at least one hit. Darren Crabtree and Jarid Scarafiotti each finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon while Bobby Loveless and Ryan Priest each cranked solo home runs for SFA.
After the Tigers squeaked across a run in the top of the first SFA was able to quickly get it back off of Turner on a two-out single from Scarafiotti that plated Hines. One inning later Priest led off with a solo shot to left field that gave SFA its first lead and Garrett Smith added some insurance four batters later with an RBI single that scored Michael Haynes to push the lead to 3-1 after two innings.
Loveless then got into the act with a one-out solo home run in the third and pushed the lead to 6-1 in the fourth with an RBI single up the middle that scored Hines for the second time.
Herriage continued to cruise through the sixth before being lifted for Brett Rogers, who pitched a perfect seventh inning before Jeremy Shelby touched him up for a three-run home run in the eighth that cut the lead to just two runs at 6-4.
But the `Jacks added some more cushion in the bottom of the eighth on RBIs from Crabtree and Scarafiotti before Landon Kozeny came on to get the final three outs, including a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
SFA and Grambling will square off again at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday with Jared West slated to get the ball for SFA against an unannounced pitcher for the Tigers.