Feb. 22, 2009
Monroe, La. - Freshman Brett Rogers tossed eight innings in his first collegiate appearance, helping hand Johnny Cardenas his first win as a head coach with a 7-2 win over Northwestern State in the finale of the ULM Warhawk Classic.
Rogers' effort earned him a spot on the all-tournament team for SFA (1-2), as did shortstop Tanner Hines who finished with four hits, a pair of RBI and some stellar defense in three games over the weekend.
Jimmy Heard earned all-tournament honors for the Demons (1-2) after his performance in the season opener against ULM on Friday.
As for Rogers, he scattered 11 hits on the night, while only tossing 97 pitches through eight innings. Offensively the `Jacks only needed nine hits to score their seven runs, taking the lead in the second inning off of the Demons' Clayton Cooper and not giving it back.
The Demons opened the scoring in the second inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk by DD Lott. After a single and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third, Garrett Vaughn delivered a two-out single through the left side to plate Lott; however, Justin Long delivered a strike from left field to get Chase Lyles at the plate for the inning's final out. It was the third outfield assist for the `Jacks in three games after Bo Coffman delivered one apiece in each of SFA's two games on Saturday.
SFA gave the lead right back to Rogers in the bottom half of the frame though, starting with a two-out, bases-loaded walk by Ryan Sinclair. One batter later, Zach Gardner delivered on an 0-2 count with a sharp single back up the middle for two more runs, giving SFA a 3-1 lead. Gardner would finish with a pair of hits on the night, one of three Lumberjacks to do so.
After Northwestern State pulled back to within a run in the top of the third, Bo Coffman delivered the first SFA home run of the season when he led off with a solo shot over the right-center field fence in the bottom of the third. He picked up his second RBI of the night in the fourth, pushing Sinclair across the plate for the second time on the night with a sacrifice fly and keeping SFA in front 5-2. By then the `Jacks had already chased Cooper from the mound and were well into the Northwetsern State bullpen, as JP Davis used four pitchers on the night.
From there it was all Rogers as he kept the Demons out of the scoring column after the third inning, eventually giving way to Richard Folmer who picked up a pair of strikeouts in tossing a perfect ninth inning to close things out in his first appearance of the season.
SFA returns home on Tuesday when it opens up the revamped Jaycees Field at 3:00 p.m. against Houston.