March 1, 2009
EDINBURG, Texas - The Lumberjack baseball team erupted for a six-run eighth inning on Sunday to score a 10-7 comeback win over Texas-Pan American in the finale of the Al Ogletree Classic.
SFA (3-4) trailed 7-4 entering the eighth, but Luke Baker and Joe Staley each delivered big hits in the inning to get the 'Jacks on top, and Richard Folmer came on to pitch two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.
It is the eighth consecutive win for SFA over UTPA (0-7) and helped the 'Jacks finish the weekend with a pair of wins in three tries.
Alex Moshier earned his first career win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. SFA was forced to use six pitchers on the afternoon after Brett Rogers struggled in his second career start, allowing five runs in only three innings.
Mike Lankford was saddled with the loss for UTPA, going just two-thirds of an inning and allowing the game-winning run.
For SFA, Zach Gardner and Tanner Hines each had three hits but it was Staley and Sean Meyers in the middle of the lineup that added five RBI between them. Overall, SFA tallied 10 hits on the day, cracking double figures in the hits column for the sixth time in seven games. The lone game without at least 10 hits came in SFA's win over Northwestern State when the 'Jacks tallied nine.
The Broncs struck early with a three-run bottom of the second, but SFA answered with two runs of its own on just one hit in the top of the third when Hines scored on a wild pitch and Brian Ferguson hit a sacrifice fly to score Bo Coffman.
UTPA extended its lead to four runs in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three more times and driving Rogers from the game. SFA used three pitchers in the inning before Cory Ochs weathered the damage, keeping the score 6-2 by getting the final two outs of the inning.
Meyers got another run back for SFA in the fifth, singling to right field to drive in Hines and extend his hit streak to 10 games.
Both teams traded runs in the between the sixth and seventh innings before the 'Jacks exploded in the eighth. SFA only needed three hits to score its six runs, taking advantage of a one-out hit batter and walk. After Gardner singled to load the bases with one out, Baker delivered a 2-RBI single to left field to get SFA back to within a run at 7-6. One batter later SFA tied it up when Abraham Garcia mishandled a ground ball from Adam Bosley and allowed Gardner to score from second. The Broncs then intentionally walked Meyers to load the bases, but Staley doubled to right field to clear the bases for his first three RBI of the season giving the 'Jacks a 10-7 lead.
SFA gets little time to rest with No. 1 Texas A&M on the immediate horizon. The 'Jacks travel to College Station to take on the Aggies on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home to open up Southland Conference play when they host Central Arkansas on Friday.
Texas A&M was voted the No. 1 team in the nation by Baseball America before the season and has maintained that ranking through the first two weeks of the season. Central Arkansas is also coming off a three-game sweep at home versus South Dakota State.