SFA Splits On Day 2 Of Sooner Classic
March 6, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The Stephen F. Austin baseball split a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, running away with an 8-2 win over Western Illinois in the first game before the Leahternecks returned the favor with a 13-6 win in Game 2 on the second day of the Sooner Classic at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The `Jacks (7-3) took advantage of four Leatherneck (4-3) errors in Game 1 and put together 15 hits as Jared West picked up his second win of the season, allowing just one run in five innings of work. He struck out three and walked four on the day.
Overall, SFA pitchers allowed just four hits to WIU hitters and did not allow the Leathernecks to reach second base from the second to seventh inning. Cory Ochs bridged the gap to the ninth with three innings of work, allowing just two hits and allowing just one unearned run. Landon Kozeny got the final three outs in his fifth appearance of the season.
One again Garrett Smith led the offense with three hits in five at-bats, including a run scored and two RBI. On the day the top two spots in the lineup and the No. 9 hole combined to go 8-for-14 with five RBI. Ryan Priest also rebounded from a disappointing showing on Friday to go 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.
Western Illinois got to West early on with a run in the top of the first, but the junior worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam, allowing just one run. A double and a pair of walks had the bases juiced before a Dan Dispensa grounder plated a run, but West got Tom Lilja looking one batter later to get out of the inning.
SFA left a runner stranded on third in its half of the first, but cracked the scoring column in its half of the second. A leadoff walk to Jarid Scarafiotti and a Leatherneck error put the first two runners on for the `Jacks and Ryan Priest knotted it up with a double down the left-field line that scored Scarafiotti with Bo Coffman being thrown out at home plate on the play. Michael Haynes then continued his hot play with a single to shortstop two batters later that scored Priest from third for an early 2-1 SFA lead.
The `Jacks had another chance for a big inning in the third against Lingle with four hits in the inning, but the `Necks picked off Coffman from second after a leadoff double for the first out before SFA strung together four straight singles that resulted in an RBI by Garrett Smith. But one batter later Tanner Hines hit a sharp line drive to Anthony Kaskadden at shortstop who turned a double play to keep it just a 3-1 game through four innings.
Lingle made it through the fifth, but could not make it through the sixth as the `Jacks got to him for three runs on RBI hits from Haynes and Smith before David Hill came on in relief. The `Jacks ended up batting around in the inning, plating four runs to push the lead to 7-1 and break open the game.
Jordan Lewis then drove in the final SFA run of the day with a solo home run, his first of his career to left field with one out in the bottom of the eighth.
In the second game the `Jacks looked like they would make it four in a row overall as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run home run from Scarafiotti. But the Leathernecks answered with three runs in the bottom of the third and then exploded for five in the bottom of the fifth - all off of SFA starter Brett Rogers - that was capped with a three-run home run by Dispensa.
SFA answered with three runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 8-6, but the SFA bullpen surrendered five more runs in WIU's next three at-bats and the `Jacks could never get any closer.
Rogers was handed his first loss of the season, lasting only 4.2 innings and allowing eight runs to the `Necks. Devin VanBrooker was credited with the win for WIU, despite allowing six runs on eight hits in just five innings. He gave way to David Hill who threw the final four innings for his first career save.
The middle of the order carried the load with Loveless, Scarafiotti and Coffman picking up three hits apiece in accounting for nine of the 10 Lumberjack hits on the evening.
SFA will close out in the Sooner Classic on Sunday when they take on Oklahoma. That game has been moved up an hour to 2:00 p.m. with Justin Braddock scheduled to get the start for SFA.