March 17, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - The Lumberjacks used a five-run seventh inning to pick up a 7-4 win over Houston Baptist on Tuesday at Husky Field, putting an end to an eight-game losing skid in the process.
Zach Gardner delivered two RBI hits for SFA (4-12, 0-5 SLC) and the back-end bullpen combination of Alex Moshier, Chris Court and Richard Folmer pitched 3.1 scoreless innings to close out the win. With Gardner's seventh-inning double he also moved into ninth all-time at SFA with 23.
SFA has now won three straight games over Houston Baptist (1-14).
Moshier threw 1.1 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts for his second win of the year while Folmer converted his second save of the year with a perfect ninth.
Zac Schiefen held SFA to just two runs through six innings, but imploded in the seventh and took his fourth loss of the year.
The Huskies struck first in the bottom of the second when Jonathan Moore led off with a double and came home two batters later on an error by third baseman Jeffrey. Jared West minimized the damage, though, by getting Brian Franze to ground out and striking out Derek Smith looking with runners on first and second.
Brian Ferguson tied it up in the top of the fourth with an RBI triple that scored Bo Coffman from second with two outs, but he slid past the bag at third and was tagged out for the innings final out.
West followed that up with a five-pitch bottom of the inning before the `Jacks gave him the lead for the first time in the fifth. Jarid Scarafiotti beat out an infield hit and stole second and third base before Zach Gardner brought him home with a two-out single through the left side for a 2-1 lead.
HBU did not take long to get another run across though, pushing West off the mound in the bottom of the fifth. After getting the first out of the inning, West issued a walk and a hit batter around a single to load the bases when Johnny Cardenas went to the bullpen to fetch Ryan Priest; however, Priest's first pitch bounced away from catcher Joe Staley and allowed Smith to score to tie it up at two apiece.
The sixth inning saw HBU take back the lead, taking advantage of a pair of one-out walks from Priest. Zack Taylor came on in relief to strike out Franze with runners at first and second, but Smith followed with a bunt single and Travis Fuquay gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead with a two-run single to center field on the first pitch from Taylor.
The back-and-forth scoring continued in the seventh as the `Jacks exploded for five runs to retake a 7-4 lead. Schiefen plunked Scarafiotti on the first pitch of the inning before walking Jeffrey Kello on four pitches and complicated the inning when he threw wildly to first on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Luke Baker that put a run home and runners on second and third with nobody out.
Gardner then delivered his second straight RBI hit by shooting a double off the left-field wall that scored Kello for the tying run. A sacrifice fly from Meyers gave SFA the lead at 5-4, and Joe Staley finally gave SFA some breathing room with a two-run single with two outs.
Moshier and Court then each pitched a scoreless frame in the seventh and eighth, setting things up for Richard Folmer in the ninth.