SFA Hangs On For 8-7 Win At New Mexico
March 27, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Stephen F. Austin scored eight runs in the first four innings, and Jarid Scarafiottitied the SFA all-time RBI mark, as the `Jacks managed to hold off a resilient New Mexico squad for an 8-7 win on Tuesday night at Isotopes Park.
The `Jacks (10-14) pounded out 12 hits, muscling eight of them for extra bases, including a pair of homers from Bobby Loveless and Hunter Dozier. That was just enough to escape the Lobos' (10-12) rally at bay, despite 15 hits by New Mexico in their home park.
Colton Eubanks moved to 3-1 with the win and Alex Moshierearned his second save of the season for SFA, while Will Mathis fell to 1-1 by taking the loss for the Lobos, who had won eight of their last 10 games.
Eubanks allowed four runs - three earned - in five innings of work, while Moshier struck out two in 1.1 innings of work to get the save. Justin Choate, Cory Ochs and Cass Ingvardsenall saw time in relief, with Ochs also striking out two in a scoreless seventh inning.
Four Lumberjacks finished with two hits apiece, including Freddy Villaloboswho reached base four times on the night. Loveless finished with four RBI, while Dozier had a pair of RBI himself. Seven of nine Lumberjack starters on the evening managed to reach base at least one time.
Dozier got the `Jacks on the board in the first inning with an RBI double that scored Villalobos from third base after he had reached on a double of his own and moved up on a wild pitch. Two batters later tied the SFA RBI record with an RBI single of his own through the left side of the Lobo infield, and SFA added one more two batters later when Ricardo Sanchez scored from third before an out was recorded on a fielder's choice off the bat of Bobby Lovelessto give the `Jacks a 3-0 lead.
Three hits helped bring a Lobo run in their half of the first, but the `Jacks quickly answered when Villalobos scored Rory Myersfrom second with his second two-bagger of the game.
But New Mexico answered themselves with a run on a double by Ben Woodchick to cut the lead to 4-2 before the `Jacks stretched it out in their half of the third. Sanchez and Scarafiotti opened the inning with a walk and single, and after a strikeout by Max Lamantia, Bobby Lovelesstook a 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence for his third homer of the year that pushed the lead to 7-2.
Dozier homered himself with two outs in the fourth to increase the lead to 8-2 before the Lobos tried to mount a comeback themselves. That rally started in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Padilla scored one on an RBI single, followed by a single from Mitchell Garver to score another run.
The Lobos cut it to 8-6 with two more runs in their half of the sixth when Alex Allbritton scored pinch hitter John Pustay with a triple to deep center field, and came home himself one pitch later on an sacrifice fly from Ben Woodchick.
After SFA left a man on second base in both the sixth and seventh innings, New Mexico cut the lead to just a run when Josh Melendez tripled with two outs in the 8th off of reliever Cass Ingvardsen; however, Moshier then came in with the tying run on third base and got Padilla on strikes to end the threat. Moshier then proceeded to set the Lobos down in the 9th, working around a two-out walk to earn the save.
SFA will close out the series with New Mexico on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. MT with Chase Greeningscheduled to get the start.