Chase Greening set an SFA record with 17 strikeouts vs ABC on Friday.
March 8, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks got a career-high 17 strikeouts from starter Chase Greening and backed him up with 24 hits as the Lumberjacks blasted Arlington Baptist 18-0 in the first night game at Jaycees Field since 1995 on Friday.
Greening moved to 1-1 on the year with his second, setting down a string of 14 straight hitters at one point and finishing with 17 strikeouts to set a new single-game school record. He walked just one batter, eclipsing his previous career high of eight punch outs set in 2012 against South Alabama.
Offensively, SFA (5-7) had 24 hits and fell just one hit short of tying the single-game record at SFA. Four Lumberjacks - Matthew Dickey, Freddy Villalobos, Brett Thornell and Michael Ruiz - all had three hits apiece, and 14 individuals picked up at least one base knock.
Caleb Sims took the loss for Arlington Baptist (2-13), allowing 12 runs - five earned - on 15 hits in just five innings of work.
SFA jumped all over the Patriots early on, scoring a dozen runs in the first three frames, getting six two-out runs in the bottom of the third to blow the game wide open after back-to-back homers from Villalobos and Sanchez.
The `Jacks got two runs in the first inning, set up by hits from Dickey and Villalobos, then pushed across four more in the bottom of the second. Jackson Hood and Ruiz delivered the key hits of the frame, including an RBI double from Ruiz into the left field corner in his first at-bat on his way to a three-RBI game.
Villalobos and Sanchez then plated two more to make it a 6-0 advantage for SFA after two innings before the `Jacks scored six unearned runs in the third. An error on Patriot second baseman Florentino Moreno extended the inning on what would have been the third out, and the Lumberjacks made ABC pay with four consecutive hits. Ruiz and Dickey delivered RBI singles up the middle before Villalobos and Sanchez connected on their bombs off of Sims.
In the meantime, Greening set down 14 in a row before the `Jacks got back on the board with six more runs in the bottom of the seventh off of reliever Drew Burnett.. Freshmen Taylor Raglin and Joseph Olson each delivered RBI singles before an RBI double from Rick Cruz made it 16-0. Ruiz and Dickey followed with RBI singles themselves, putting SFA up 18-0 after seven frames.
Greening allowed just one hit in the final three frames and struck out the side in the ninth to complete his second career complete game.
The game was the first game for SFA to be played at night at Jaycees Field since 1995 after the completed installation of lighting over the past several weeks.
SFA will complete its three-game series with Arlington Baptist on Saturday with a doubleheader slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. due to expected inclement weather on Sunday in the Nacogdoches area.
Kyle Cross will get the start in Game 1 for SFA, followed by Cameron Gann in the second game.