Freddy Villalobos had three hits, including the game-winning homer on Saturday at Texas State.
March 17, 2012
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Lumberjacks scored five unanswered runs in the final three innings, including a two-run homer from Freddy Villalobos in the top of the 10th to notch an 8-6 win and even the series with No. 20 Texas State on Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Ballpark.
The eight runs by the `Jacks (7-11, 2-3 SLC) are the most scored against Texas State (12-6, 3-2 SLC) this season, a team which entered the game with the lowest ERA in the nation at 1.63. But SFA was able to get to Bobcat starter Kyle Finnegan for nine hits and five runs after the sophomore righty had allowed jus two earned runs all season.
Alex Moshier got the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief that included three punch outs to go to 2-0 on the season, while Jeff McVaney fell to 0-1 on the year for Texas State after allowing a pair of runs with two outs in the 10th.
SFA pounded out 13 hits on the day, six of which were for extra bases with all but one starter picking up at least one base knock. Villalobos led the way with a 3-for-5 afternoon that included three RBI, while Bobby Loveless added three more RBI and a homer on a 2-for-5 day of his own.
The `Jacks had trailed 6-3 going into the eighth inning, but the `Jacks put each of its first two hitters on to drive Finnegan from the game and loaded the bases with just one out before Jarid Scarafiotti delivered a two-run single to trim the lead to just one run. Then, after Villalobos had sent a fly ball to the warning track, Loveless smacked a double to left field to knot the game up at 6-6.
Texas State threatened to go back up in its half of the eighth when Tyler Sibley reached third base with just one out, but Moshier stuck out Casey Kalenkosky and then got Andrew Stumph to pop out to end the threat.
Both teams went scoreless in the ninth and McVaney sat down the first two Lumberjacks he faced after entering to open the 10th, but Scarafiotti extended the inning with a two-out single to set the table for Villalobos who shot the first pitch he saw over the left-center field fence to put the `Jacks up 8-6.
Moshier then tossed a perfect 10th against the top of the Bobcat order, striking out Kalenkosky to end the game.
The `Jacks got their first three runs in the second inning off of Finnegan, getting things started with a leadoff double from Max Lamantia. He scored two batters later on the first of Villalobos' three hits on the day, and Loveless followed him with a two-run shot over the right-field fence.
That inning put SFA in front 3-2, erasing a two-run Bobcat bottom of the first that could have been much worse after Eubanks loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a bunt single by the first three Texas State hitters of the frame. He pitched in and out of trouble in each of the next three innings before the Bobcats finally cashed in again in with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Bobcats plated three more in the fifth on RBI from Nick Smelser, Ben McElroy and Garrett Mattlage after the Lumberjacks helped them out with a pair of walks and the third of four errors on the day. Texas State managed to chase Eubanks in the fifth, but that gave way for the SFA bullpen as the combination of Cory Ochs, Cass Ingvardsen, Kevin Bishop and Moshier proceeding to throw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits in that span.
SFA will go for its first-ever series win in San Marcos on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with Chase Greening getting the ball against a Bobcat starter yet to be determined.