Feb. 24, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Lumberjacks exploded for seven runs on eight hits in the top of the third inning and that was all that they would need in picking up a 7-6 win over Texas A&M on Wednesday, the first win in 18 tries since 1984 over the Aggies.
It is the first time SFA (4-0) has ever won its first four games of the season, while the Aggies (3-1) saw their season-opening win streak come to a halt at three games.
Brett Rogers got the start for SFA and allowed all six Aggie runs on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks, but kept SFA in front and went far enough to pick up his first win of the season. Jason West allowed just one hit in the final 2.1 innings to earn the first save of his career.
The loss went to Aggie senior Clayton Ehlert, who allowed all seven runs with two outs in the third after retiring the first seven `Jacks he faced with three strikeouts and no walks.
Aggie pitchers struck out 10 SFA hitters on the day and did not issue a single walk, while hitting eight doubles offensively.
But the `Jacks played perfect defense for the fourth straight game to open the season and continually minimized the damage to make its seven-run frame hold up.
Michael Haynes and Darren Crabtree were the only two `Jacks with multiple hits, with Haynes leading the way with a 3-for-4 afternoon. Overall, seven Lumberjacks found the hit column on the afternoon.
The Aggies struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning off of Rogers on an RBI double from John Stilson. But the `Jacks answered back to make it 7-2 in their half of the frame with seven two-out runs, beginning with a one-out single from Riley Huble. Haynes followed with a dink single to put runners on the corners and Tanner Hines began the scoring barrage two batters later with a single through the right side. Crabtree and Scarafiotti then followed with back-to-back doubles that scored three more runs before Bobby Loveless capped the inning with a three-run home run to right field.
However, Texas A&M answered in the fourth with a doubles from Joaquin Hinojosa and Brett Parsons that cut the lead to 7-4. Rogers then sat the Aggies down in order in the fifth, but allowed a pair of doubles to Joe Patterson and Caleb Shofner to lead off the sixth as the Aggies cut the lead to 7-5. Brad Oates then entered and gave up an RBI double to Hinojosa make it a one-run ballgame, but he got out of it by retiring the next three hitters and keeping the `Jacks in front.
Oates then got the first two outs of the seventh inning before giving way to West, who retired three of the first four batters he faced before the ninth. That is when things got tricky as the nine-hole hitter John Stilson represented the tying run at third base after tripling to lead off the inning; however, West then got Scott Arthur to strike out and followed that up with a foul out of Brodie Green and a grounder to shortstop by Andrew Collazo to finalize the SFA win.
The `Jacks next take on Southland rival Northwestern State in the first game of the SFA Lumberjack Classic on Friday with Tyler Herriage scheduled to get the start. Game time is slated for 3:00 p.m.