Feb. 27, 2009
EDINBURG, Texas - Eight of the nine SFA starters registered at least one hit and Erik Gregersen threw six strong innings for the Lumberjacks on Friday as SFA went wire-to-wire for a 12-6 win over UT-Arlington in a non-conference game at the Al Ogletree Classic.
The top of the line up was on point for SFA (2-3), with the top four hitters for the `Jacks going a combined 8-for-17 with six runs scored and six RBI. SFA also showed some prowess on the basepaths, swiping five bags on six tries. Tanner Hines led the way offensively, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI.
Gregersen was able to pick up his first ever win against UTA, only allowing two runs - one earned - in his six innings. He fanned six, while walking only three and needed only 88 pitches before giving way to the bullpen.
Rett Varner took the loss for UTA (3-3), who was coming off an extra-inning loss earlier in the week at No. 7 Texas. Varner had tossed six shutout innings against Siena in his first outing of the year last weekend at home.
It looked as though SFA would blow the door open early as the `Jacks loaded the bases on Varner behind three straight one-out singles. But the sophomore was able to minimize the damage, getting an RBI groundout from Justin Long before coaxing a inning-ending fly out by Brian Ferguson to get the Mavs out of the inning down only 1-0.
But it did was not long after that when SFA did finally give Gregersen some breathing room, with Gabriel Garcia-Serrano sparking the four-run inning with the first of his two hits on the day. Hines drove him home two batters later before scoring himself on a groundout by Sean Meyers. Long added another RBI one hitter later and SFA exited the second frame with a comfortable 5-0 lead.
UTA got a run back in its half of the fourth, but Meyers delivered a two-out triple to center field to score Bo Coffman to keep the lead at five. Meyers finished 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of RBI, and is the only `Jack to have a hit in every game this year, extending his hit streak to eight games dating back to last season.
In the fifth SFA just poured it on, this time taking advantage of the UTA bullpen. A triple from Joe Staley and one of Ferguson's three walks on the day put runners at the corners with nobody out for Ryan Sinclair, who then doubled down the right field line on a 1-0 count to bring in both runners. Two batters later Zach Gardner got into the home run column for the first time this year with a two-run shot off of Mark Picca for a 10-1 lead after five frames.
Gregersen allowed one more run to UTA in the sixth, but got a pair of runs in their half to keep the lead comfortable.
With a 12-2 lead Johnny Cardenas then went to the bullpen to close things out, but the Mavs did not go quietly, lighting up Jared Schrom for four runs in only two-thirds of an inning in the seventh. But Chris Court was able to come in and record the final out of the seventh before striking out the side in the eighth and throwing a perfect ninth to slam the door.
Court has now only allowed a single hit in his three appearances this year, and has thrown 5.1 no-hit innings in his last two outings.
The `Jacks are back in action on Saturday when they take on Illinois at 3:00 p.m. Erich Lehmann is scheduled to start for SFA, who will be looking to win its second straight over Illinois. Last season SFA won a thrilling 9-8 win over the Illini in Waco in a game that went to the final play.
SFA closes out the Al Ogletree Classic on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game against host UTPA with freshman Brett Rogers scheduled to get the start.