March 5, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - After a disappointing second career start less than a week ago, Tyler Herriage responded with seven shutout innings against South Florida on Friday as the `Jacks held on for a 3-2 win over the Bulls in the Sooner Classic at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Herriage earned his second win of the season against the Bulls and rarely had to work out of trouble, tossing seven shutout innings with three strikeouts and allowing just three singles and two walks. The Bulls (1-8) did not record their first hit of the day until a single by Luis Llerna with two outs in the fifth.
Jason West picked up his second save of the season for SFA (6-2), but it was anything but easy as he had to work out of a pair of jams in both the eighth and ninth innings before SFA was able to hang on. That included getting Jonathan Koscso and Sean Buckley to pop out on back-to-back at-bats with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.
Matt Stull took the loss for USF, allowing all three runs in 4.1 innings of work in his first start of the season.
Garrett Smith came up a home run short of the cycle, finishing 3-for-4 on the day with an RBI and a pair of extra-base hits. Michael Haynes and Darren Crabtree also finished with a pair of hits and an RBI apiece.
The `Jacks left runners on second and third in the first inning, but used three extra-base hits to come through with two outs in the bottom of the second to give Herriage an early lead. Bo Coffman led off with a double to left-center and three batters later Haynes delivered a two-out double down the left field line to plate the first SFA run. One batter later Smith made it 2-0 with a triple off the glove of USF left-fielder Junior Carlin that scored Haynes from second.
Crabtree gave the `Jacks a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single past a drawn-in infield that scored Garrett Smith who had led off the inning with a double.
But that was the last real scoring threat the `Jacks had as Herriage cruised through the seventh inning before giving way to the SFA bullpen to start the eighth. Brad Oates came on to face the top of the Bulls' order, but a leadoff double from Carlin and a walk to Ryan Lockwood brought the tying run to the plate with the heart of the USF order due up. Johnny Cardenas then went to West who proceeded to work out of the jam by retiring Koscso, Sean Buckley and Falla in order to keep the `Jacks out in front.
But that was not the last time the Bulls would threaten as they finally cracked the scoreboard in the ninth as Steven Hunt led off by reaching on an error by Ryan Priest after he lost the ball in the sun. Eric Sim then walked and two batters later pinch hitter Alex Mendez shot a single through the left side that loaded the sacks with just one out. Carlin then picked up his third hit of the day with an RBI single off the glove of West and Lockwood got in the way of West's first offering to him one batter later to cut the lead to just one run.
However, from there West only needed five more pitches to get Koscso and Buckley to pop out and leave the bases loaded as SFA picked up the win in their first-ever game against a school from the Big East.
The `Jacks will try and make it three wins in a row on Saturday in the first of two games against Western Illinois. SFA will throw Jared West in the first game against the Leathernecks scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. before Brett Rogers gets the ball in the second game scheduled for 7:00 p.m.