March 7, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - Four SFA errors and No. 17 Oklahoma's Cameron Seitzer proved to be just the formula the Sooners needed to get a pair of runs in the ninth inning and pull out a 5-4 win over the `Jacks, spoiling a stellar start by Justin Braddock in the finale of the Sooner Classic at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Seitzer hit his second home run of the day on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and an SFA (7-4) error one batter later led to an unearned run that proved to be the winning margin.
The Sooners (11-1) managed just eight hits off of SFA pitching with Seitzer being the only one that was able to have any type of success against Braddock who allowed just seven hits through eight innings with two strikeouts on just 106 pitches.
Braddock did not factor in the decision as Jason West was credited with his first loss of the season while Jeremy Erben moved to 5-0 on the year for OU with 2.0 shutout innings for the Sooners.
Bobby Loveless drove in three of the four SFA runs on the day with a home run a double in four at-bats, but no other Lumberjack had more than one hit and the Sooner bullpen allowed just two hits over the final six innings of the game.
SFA jumped out in front of the Sooners in first inning as Tanner Hines and Darren Crabtree delivered a pair of one-out singles that set up an RBI double by Loveless. One batter later Jarid Scarafiotti made it 2-0 as he brought Crabtree in from third with a ground out.
Braddock sat the Sooners down in order in the first, but Cameron Seitzer knotted it up with the first of his three hits on the day, a two-run homer to the opposite field, in the bottom of the second.
But the tie did not last long as the `Jacks re-took the lead one inning later on Loveless' third home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field that was enough to drive Oklahoma starter Ryan Gibson from the game.
OU answered with an unearned run in the third, and from there Braddock only allowed three Sooners to reach base on singles and just one runner to reach second base. But OU reliever Jason Chowning matched him along the way, throwing 4.1 shutout innings with six strikeouts to keep the game within reach for the Sooners.
That proved to be just what OU needed as Seitzer erased SFA's one-run lead on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth with a line-drive home run to right field that tied the score at four apiece. Johnny Cardenas then went to Jason West out of the bullpen, who got immediately got in a jam as Caleb Bushyhead reached on an error and Casey Johnson singled to give the Sooners runners at first and second and nobody out. A sacrifice bunt pushed the runners over and the `Jacks loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Danny Black. Chris Ellison then got the winning run home with a chopper to short that Hines could not field cleanly, allowing Bushyhead to cross the plate for the 5-4 win.
The `Jacks next travel to Little Rock, Ark., for a midweek game against UALR on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. with Zack Taylor tentatively scheduled to get the start. SFA will then get a short break before heading back to Arkansas when it opens up Southland Conference play at Central Arkansas on Friday.