Feb. 21, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The `Jacks scored 11 runs in the final four innings to complete a season-opening, three-game sweep of Grambling with a 12-3 win on Sunday behind six innings from Justin Braddock and a pair of hits from Darren Crabtree.
The win marks the first 3-0 start for SFA since the 1989 season.
The teams were forced to advance the game an hour due to inclement weather in the Nacogdoches area, and it took nearly that hour for the SFA (3-0) bats to begin to catch fire. For more than four innings the SFA offensive attack could only muster a single run and a single hit against Grambling (0-3) starter Odingo Davila.
But after scratching across a run in the fourth, SFA exploded for three runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings before a five-run eighth that included a grand slam from Riley Huble that broke things wide open.
Braddock picked up his first win as a Lumberjack, striking out two and walking to while giving up just four hits in six innings of work. Davila took the loss for Grambling with 5.0 innings on the mound and allowing six runs and seven walks without a single strikeout.
Crabtree finished with a solid day in the middle of the order for SFA, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, a pair of walks, two RBI and three runs scored. Jordan Lewis was the only other `Jack that joined him with multiple hits as the freshman went 2-for-2 with two runs scored after entering in the sixth inning.
The only inning that presented Braddock with trouble was the second when he issued a pair of walks to open the inning to Mychal Roby and Jeremy Shelby and after a sacrifice bunt advanced them, Jesus Favela singled through the left side to plate both runners and give Grambling an early 2-0 lead.
Bobby Loveless drove home the first SFA run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and the `Jacks took the lead one inning later on RBIs from Tanner Hines, Crabtree and Jarid Scarafiotti.
Davila then issued his third consecutive leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth to Loveless and three batters later Lewis padded the lead when he poked a single to center field. SFA then got a sacrifice fly from Garrett Smith and a two-out single from Hines to advance the lead to 7-2.
After Grambling got a run back on a leadoff home run in the seventh from Roby, the Tigers went to the bullpen for Matthew Morales who promptly picked up the first two outs; however, Lewis started a two-out rally when he drug a bunt perfectly past Morales for a single. Three consecutive walks followed to make the score 8-3 before Huble deposited a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence in his first and only at-bat of the day to put the game out of reach.
Zack Taylor and Cody Priest each made relief appearances for the `Jacks with Taylor striking out three in two innings of work, and Priest fanning one in the ninth.
The `Jacks are next schedule to head to College Station on Tuesday for a 6:35 p.m. game against Texas A&M. Sophomore righty Brett Rogers is scheduled to take the ball for SFA.