Justin Long hit his first career home run on Sunday against Northwestern State.
March 15, 2009
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Lumberjack baseball team completed a rain-shortened series with Northwestern State on Sunday, falling in both ends of the twinbill to the Demons.
SFA (3-12, 0-5 SLC) has now lost eight straight games and is one of two remaining winless teams in the Southland Conference. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is 0-6 in league play after being swept by Nicholls over the weekend.
Six of those eight consecutive losses have come by two runs or less.
Erik Gregersen lost his second consecutive start in the first game, as a three-run sixth inning for the Demons (10-5, 4-1 SLC) proved to be too much of a mountain for SFA to climb. Gregersen had held Northwestern State to just a single run through five innings before loading the bases with nobody out in the sixth. The Demons' bullpen then held down the fort for starter Jimmy Heard, holding SFA scoreless the remainder of the way to secure Heard's third win of the year.
Sean Meyers led the offense in the first game, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, but once again the bottom of the order failed to produce as the 6-9 slots in the order combined to go just 2-for-15 on the day.
In the second game SFA jumped out on top in the third with a pair of runs coming from a double by Zach Gardner and a sacrifice fly from Brian Ferguson, but the `Jacks gave the lead right back to Northwestern State in the bottom half of the inning as the Demons scored four of their own.
Justin Long tied it for SFA an inning later with a two-run home run, his first of his career. But the Demons grabbed the lead once again in the bottom of the fifth when Miles Parsons drove in a pair of runs with a single off of Brett Rogers who was making his first relief appearance of the year.
The `Jacks added a pair of solo home runs in both the sixth and ninth by Jarid Scarafiotti and Meyers, but never could tie the game back up as Chad Sheppard eventually closed things out in the ninth for his second save of the day.
Rogers took the loss, his first of the year, as SFA used six pitchers on the afternoon. Kyle Broughton earned his second win of the year in relief of Clayton Cooper.
SFA is back in action on Tuesday in Houston against Houston Baptist before hosting the Huskies at Jaycees Field on Wednesday. The `Jacks continue conference play on Friday when they host Nicholls for a three-game set.