March 9, 2010
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Stephen F. Austin offense exploded for 12 hits, including six doubles, and the pitching staff struck out 11 and allowed just two hits to Arkansas-Little Rock as the `Jacks stopped a two-game skid with a 7-3 win on Tuesday at Gary Hogan Field.
The two hits allowed is the least allowed by the `Jacks in a game since Lance Luetge tossed a two-hitter at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2007
Zack Taylor picked up the win for the `Jacks (8-4), the first of his career, with 5.1 innings of work. He only allowed two hits and struck out eight, a career high, while walking four. Cory Ochs continued to be a pleasant surprise as well as he retired all eight hitters he faced in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts.
Ryan Juris was handed his first loss of the season for UALR (10-3) after allowing six runs on 10 hits in just 4.1 innings after entering with a 2-0 record and 3.46 ERA in two starts.
Taylor managed to strike out the side in the first, but not before UALR managed to take advantage of a hit batter and three walks for a pair of runs and an early 2-0 lead on RBIs from Tyson Parks and Casey McCollum. But to Taylor's credit, he got both Landis Wilson and Tyler Cameron to strike out with the bases loaded to minimize the damage.
SFA then answered in the second with four runs off of Juris. Bo Coffman started the rally with the first of his two hits on the night, a sure single up the middle, and after moving up on a passed ball he came in to score on an RBI single from Patrick Gratzke. Then following a double from Riley Huble, Michael Haynes delivered the big blow of the inning with a two-run double to left-center field. Tanner Hines added a two-out RBI single two batters later and the `Jacks made it out of the second with a 4-2 lead.
From there Taylor put it on cruise control, retiring the next 11 Trojans in order before SFA got back on the board again in the top of the fifth on three straight doubles. The first came from Hines with one out and one batter later Crabtree brought him home by just missing his second home run of the season on a shot to right-center. Instead he ended up on second where Bobby Loveless brought him home one pitch later on another two-bagger into the right-field corner.
UALR then finally cracked the scoring column again in the sixth to make it 6-3, but not without the aid of SFA. Taylor hit a pair in the inning allowed just one hit in loading the bases before Cory Ochs came in to get a pair of grounders to get out of the inning, including an RBI fielder's choice by pinch hitter Tim Emmons.
Coffman got the run back for SFA in the eighth with his first homer of the season, a solo shot off of reliever Travis Henke that pushed the margin back to four runs as 7-3.
The pitching staff then carried the rest of the load with Ochs making it through the eighth and Jason West pitching a scoreless ninth to close it out.
SFA next opens up conference play on Friday when it travels to Central Arkansas for a 6:00 p.m. start.