Feb. 20, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Jared West held Grambling scoreless for a career-best seven innings and the SFA offense did just enough to get away with a 4-0 win over the Tigers in the second game of the team's season-opening series on Saturday at Jaycees Field.
West retired the first 12 Tigers (0-2) he faced on the afternoon and picked up the win for SFA (2-0) after striking out five and not walking a batter. In arguably his most efficient start of his career, 61 of the 83 pitches he fired were for strikes.
The win also marks the first time since 1989 that SFA has started off the season 2-0.
A day after pounding out 14 hits against the Tigers, the `Jacks had a tough time with Grambling starter Eric Zagone who took the loss despite just allowing two runs in six innings with four strikeouts.
SFA had to manufacture its first run of the day in the second inning, using one-out singles from Bo Coffman and Ryan Priest to put runners on the corners before Justin Long got Coffman across the plate on a slow chopper to first base that he beat out to avoid the double play.
A pair of Grambling errors helped the SFA cause in the third as Bobby Loveless picked up his second RBI in as many days by beating out a fielder's choice at first that scored Garrett Smith, putting SFA ahead 2-0.
West then got into some trouble in the fifth as Mychal Roby broke up the perfect game with a leadoff single one batter before Steve Kletke was hit by a pitch. A bunt single from Jeremy Shelby loaded the bases with no outs, but Sam Keller lined a shot into the glove of second baseman Michael Haynes who shoveled the ball to Tanner Hines for a double play. One batter later Brandon Smith grounded out to end the only threat that Grambling would have on the afternoon.
SFA added some insurance in the bottom of the seventh, however, off of Brian Sinnette with Coffman delivering the big blow with a bases loaded single that scored both Tanner Hines and Darren Crabtree.
The bullpen took over from there as Jason West struck out a pair in the eighth before Brad Oates came on to get the final three outs, including a strikeout of Milton Jeffrey Barney to close it.
Coffman and Smith led the offense with 2-for-4 afternoons, while Riley Huble delivered the only extra-base hit for either team on the afternoon with a double in the sixth.
SFA and the Tigers wrap up their series on Sunday with a scheduled 1:00 p.m. start. Justin Braddock is slated to get the start for SFA.