Feb. 25, 2011
NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Lumberjacks got six strong innings from senior Tyler Herriage and scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and added three more in the ninth to pick up a 7-1 win over ULM in the first game of the Northwestern State Invitational on Friday at Brown-Stroud Field.
Herriage struck out six and walked just two in the start, rebounding strong after a rough first start of the season against UALR on the opening weekend of the year; however, he took a no-decision after the Warhawks (2-4) tied the game in the seventh. Instead, Jason West came in struck out four in three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the year.
Shelby Aulds took the loss for the Warhawks, allowing two runs on two hits in just a third of an inning after ULM starter Drew Granier held SFA to just one run on six hits in seven innings of work with seven strikeouts.
SFA (3-3) out hit its opponent for the fifth time in six games this season and got two hits apiece from Bryson Myles and Jackson Hood, with Myles swiping a pair of bases on the day, giving him seven steals through just six games this year. The `Jacks also put at least one runner on base in every inning on the day.
Despite putting the leadoff man on base in each of the first three innings, SFA was not able to crack the scoreboard until the top of the third when Bryce Cummings led off with a double into the right field corner. Two batters later Cummings came home on Bryson Myles' second single of the day to give SFA a 1-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Herriage kept the Warhawks off the scoreboard through the first six innings before ULM finally got something going in the bottom of the seventh. Both Joey Rapp and Corben Green reached base to open the seventh before SFA went to Jason West out of the bullpen to face pinch hitter Jordy Poche who pulled back a bunt attempt and lined an RBI single into left field to knot things up 1-1.
The Warhawks went on to load the bases with just one out following that single, but West buckled down and got the `Jacks out of the jam, getting Jeremy Sy to pop out and then coaxing a ground out from leadoff man Les Aulds on a full count to keep things tied.
That proved to be a turning point in the game with SFA breaking out for three runs in its half of the eighth with sophomore Jordan Lewis sparking the rally with a leadoff, pinch-hit single. Hunter Dozier followed that with his first hit of the day, but eventually it was ULM reliever Will Browning, who uncorked a wild pitch with two outs and the bases loaded to score Lewis and give the lead back to SFA. One batter later, Jackson Hood delivered his first hit of the day, a two-run double down the left field line that gave the `Jacks its first bit of breathing room all day with a 4-1 lead.
West loaded the bases in the following inning, but managed to strike out the side and then got some more insurance in the SFA half of the ninth when Garrett Smith delivered an RBI single and Darren Crabtree picked up a two-run double to give the `Jacks a comfortable six-run lead going to the bottom of the ninth. That was plenty for West, who tossed a scoreless ninth to close it out.
SFA continues the Northwestern State Invitational with a non-conference meeting with the Demons on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Junior Zack Taylor will get the ball for the `Jacks, opposite lefty Colin Bear for Northwestern State.