March 21, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Erich Lehmann struck out six and shut out the Nicholls Colonels on Saturday, becoming the all-time strikeout leader at SFA as the `Jacks won 11-0 in only seven innings for the second straight day at Jaycees Field.
It is the first time in recorded history that SFA (7-12, 2-5 SLC) has run-ruled an opponent in consecutive games. The `Jacks have now won four straight games, including five straight over Nicholls (10-9, 4-4 SLC).
There were a number of milestones on the day, but it all started with Lehmann who earned his first win of the year after throwing seven shutout innings with six strikeouts and no walks. His fourth-inning strikeout of Josh Labiche gave him 221 for his career, surpassing Sean Wood for the all-time mark at the school.
Gabriel Garcia-Serrano also set a single-game record with four stolen bases on the day and scored three of the 11 SFA runs. Zach Gardner finished the day 2-for-5 and sent the fans to the parking lot with his second home run of the season, a 3-run walkoff shot to left field that put the mercy rule into effect. He finished with four RBI, tying a career high.
The `Jacks manufactured its first run of the day in the third inning when Garcia-Serrano led off with a walk and promptly stole second base with nobody out. Gardner then moved him to third with a ground out and made it home on a sacrifice fly from Tanner Hines. SFA got another run just one batter later when Sean Meyers battled back from an 0-2 count to crush a solo home run to right field for a 2-0 lead, the first home run SFA had hit at home this season.
Luke Baker added an RBI single in the fourth inning and freshman Jarid Scarafiotti ignited another SFA rally with a leadoff double in the sixth. Baker then bunted him to third and he came home on a wild pitch from Lance Guidroz. Garcia-Serrano then did damage on the basepaths once again, drawing a walk and swiping second and third base before Gardner got him across with a ground out against a drawn-in infield.
The game-clinching seventh inning saw the `Jacks do plenty with the bats, but also get some help from a pair of Nicholls errors. Meyers led off by launching a double into left-center field and back-to-back walks from reliever Dale Dickerson loaded the bases with nobody out. Pinch hitter Adam Bosley then grounded into what seemed to be a double play, but catcher Jason Dennis hit Bosley with his return throw to first base which allowed Bo Coffman to score from second.
Scarafiotti then lined his third hit of the day, a single up the middle, to score Joe Staley. Then after a pair of fielder's choices from Justin Long and Garcia-Serrano, Gardner was able to get to the plate and mash a 3-2 pitch from Drew Erwin into the left field parking lot to close the game.
Scarafiotti finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and has now hit safely in each of the five games he's played in since being inserted into the lineup nearly a week ago.
The `Jacks will go for their first series sweep of the season on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start time scheduled. Freshman Brett Rogers is slated to throw for SFA while Nicholls has yet to determine a starter.