March 20, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Erik Gregersen allowed only two hits in and the `Jacks offense delivered its second consecutive offensive explosion as SFA earned its first conference win of the year, 13-2, in only seven innings on Friday against Nicholls.
SFA (6-12, 1-5 SLC) has now won three straight games overall, and four consecutive games against the Colonels (10-8, 4-3 SLC). It was the second straight game SFA put up at least 10 runs and followed up Wednesday's 20-hit performance against Houston Baptist with a 14-hit outing on Friday.
All but one Lumberjack hitter had at least one base hit with five players recording multiple hits. Sean Meyers delivered three RBI on the day, while Tanner Hines and Zach Gardner each had a pair of hits at the top of the SFA order. Hines' hits give him a seven-game hit streak, while Zach Gardner moved into a tie with Noel Trevino for fifth all-time at SFA with 90 runs scored after crossing the plate two more times.
Gregersen struggled with his command on the hill, walking six batters, but also delivered seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings to earn his second win of the season. Both of the hits he allowed came in the second inning with only two runners reaching third base following the second frame.
Lance Dupuis evened his record at 2-2, allowing seven runs in 4.1 innings as SFA got hits off of four Colonel pitchers on the day.
Nicholls opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second from Josh Swenson, but the `Jacks then took advantage of a pair of Colonel errors to score four unearned runs in the bottom of the third. Jarid Scarafiotti got it started when he reached second on a throwing error by second baseman Keith Kulbeth and scored two hitters later on a single from Gardner. Gabriel Garcia-Serrano scored one batter later when catcher Kevin Schlegel threw wildly on an attempted pickoff at second and Meyers followed with an RBI groundout before Bo Coffman delivered an RBI double to center field to cap the scoring.
A leadoff single from Garcia-Serrano and a double from Gardner kicked off the SFA half of the fifth as they pushed across three more runs to up the lead to 7-1. Meyers delivered the big hit, a double into the right field corner that scored both Garcia-Serrano and Gardner.
Both teams exchanged runs in the bottom of the sixth and the top of the seventh before SFA exploded for five runs in the seventh to close it out. The `Jacks loaded the bases with nobody out with a Hines single and a pair of walks from Nicholls reliever Brad Delatte. Trent Blanchard then picked up his first two RBI of the year with a pinch hit, first-pitch single that scored Hines and Coffman. Brian Ferguson followed with an RBI single as well and Scarafiotti finished the scoring with a sharp single up the middle that scored both Ferguson and Blanchard.
The series continues on Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. start and Erich Lehmann scheduled to get the ball for SFA. Jarret Dunham is set to go for the Colonels.