March 28, 2007
Chris Smith's three-hit, four RBI performance sparked the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks' 13-5 victory over Dallas Baptist Wednesday afternoon. After a two-run home run from Steven Hill in the first inning and a six-run third frame, SFA was able to hang on to the lead to win its 14th game of the year and move its record back to .500. DBU fell to 16-15 overall.
The Lumberjacks saw a solid performance from Jacob Leonhardt who made his third start of the season. He threw 5.0 innings giving up only two hits and two runs. He struck out two and walked two. Leonhardt took the win for his first of the season.
In the bottom of the first inning, designated hitter Noel Trevino was issued the walk with one out. He scored on Hill's 10th home run of the season to give SFA an early 2-0 lead.
Trevino was then responsible for starting the third-inning rally as he hit a triple to right center to score Zach Gardner who had been given first base on a walk in the previous at-bat. Hill then walked to put runners on the corners with one out as Jared Pitts came to the plate. Pitts put a base hit through the left side to send Trevino across the plate. With runners on first and second, Kevin Crabtree's hit was knocked down by DBU's third baseman Matt Tucker, but Tucker was unable to get to the ball as SFA loaded the bases on an infield single. Hill crossed the plate for the 5-0 lead when Smith hit a sac fly to right field. With two on, Ryan Sinclair cleared the bases with a center field double to extend the lead to 6-0. After a DBU pitching change with Sinclair on the base path, Justin Roland singled through the left side for the RBI and a Lumberjack 8-0 lead.
The Patriots added two runs in the top of the fourth. With one out, Austin Knight drew a walk and scored on an Evan Bigley double. Bigley then crossed the plate to cut the lead to 8-2 when Tucker hit a single to left field.
But the Lumberjacks answered with two runs of their own in their next at-bat. After being issued a walk, Hill moved to second base on a Pitts single through the right side. He then scored his third run of the game on Smith's single up the middle. Pitts, who ended up third on Smith's hit, scored on Sinclair's sac fly to center field to give the Lumberjacks a 10-2 lead at the end of the fourth inning.
SFA scored its final three runs in the bottom of the fifth, as it led off the at-bat with a base hit to right center from Gardner. Hill singled up the middle and the bases were loaded when Pitts was issued a walk. Gardner then extended the Lumberjacks' lead to 11-2 when he scored on Crabtree's sac fly that also moved Hill and Pitts over another base. The base runners then put SFA up 13-2 when they scored on Smith's center field single.
The Patriots added a run in each the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings for a 13-5 final score.
Smith was the only player on both sides to get three hits and four RBI. Pitts, Sinclair, Hill and Roland each nabbed two hits and Sinclair collected three RBI.
The Lumberjacks return to Southland Conference play this weekend as they host Central Arkansas in a three-game series beginning Friday at 3 p.m. from Jaycees Field. Saturday's game time has been pushed back to 2 p.m. to allow for "Goin' to Bat for Burney" festivities. Sunday's start time remains at 1 p.m.