March 7, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Senior Erich Lehmann faced the minimum 24 hitters in eight innings of shutout work, but the Lumberjack offense was left 11 men on base as they dropped their second straight game to Central Arkansas on Saturday, 2-0, in 11 innings at Jaycees Field.
It is the first time that SFA (3-8, 0-2 SLC) has been shut out in consecutive game since UTA shut them out on two on March 31 and April 1 of 2006. It also clinched the first series win for UCA (8-3, 2-0) over SFA, who is riding a six-game win streak overall.
Lehmann was as his best on Saturday, only allowing a single hit in the fifth inning before it was erased on a double play. He fanned six and walked none in his eight innings, but did not factor in the decision. The senior has 15 strikeouts and no walks in 16.2 innings this year and needs only five more strikeouts to tie Sean Wood for the all-time lead at SFA.
Reece Cross was nearly as good for the Bears, throwing 6.2 scoreless innings, but allowed five hits and three walks. Matt Humphrey picked up his first win with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief and Bobby Pritchett earned his fourth save of the year with a perfect 11th inning.
Chris Court took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year, allowing two runs in 2.1 innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts.
The lone runs of the game came in the 11th when Pritchett coaxed a one-out walk from Court before Eric Tennyson delivered only the second hit of the night for UCA to put runners at first and second. SFA then went to Alex Moshier out of the bullpen, but SLC batting-average leader Tye Throneberry shot a single through the left side on Moshier's first pitch to score Pritchett from second. Richard Folmer came into the game two hitters later and struck out Josh Huffman with the bases loaded before walking in another run. He eventually struck out Richey Irvin to end the inning.
SFA certainly had its chances though, leaving multiple runners on base in three innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the third. Its best chance to push a run across may have come in the eighth, when Adam Bosley opened the frame up with a single. Gabriel Garcia-Serrano came in to pinch run and despite SFA's inability to lay down a sacrifice bunt, moved to second on a balk by Humphrey. A wild pitch sent him to third with only one out, but Humphrey struck out Bo Coffman and got Sean Meyers to ground out.
Coffman was the only `Jack with multiple hits, going 2-for-5 on the day with a double.
Brett Rogers is scheduled to throw for SFA in the season finale, opposed by left-hander Brandon Solberg for UCA. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.