Rene' Moreda went 4-for-4 in Wednesday's 9-5 win at New Mexico.
March 28, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Rene' Moreda went 4-for-4 and the Lumberjack bats exploded for a season-high 16 hits in a 9-5 win over New Mexico on Wednesday at Isotopes Park, closing out a sweep of a two-game series against the Lobos.
SFA (11-14) has now won four of its last five games and never trailed in its trip to Albuquerque, jumping out to a 4-0 first-inning lead on Wednesday and allowing just two earned runs by the Lobos (10-13) in the game.
Moreda spearheaded the offensive attack from the leadoff spot, scoring three times and reaching base in each of his five plate appearances, including two doubles, a triple and two RBI. The 9-1-2 hitters for the `Jacks combined to go 9-for-14 on the day with Freddy Villalobos continuing to swing a good bat with a 3-for-5 day that included three extra-base hits, and a 2-for-5 afternoon from Bryce Cummings.
The run support was more than enough for starter Chase Greening to work with as the junior earned his first Lumberjack win of his career with a solid outing, striking out three and allowing four runs - one earned - in six innings. Cameron Gann allowed one run in relief, while Reid Landers struck out three hitters in two innings work.
Selby Brummet fell to 0-2 for the Lobos, giving up four runs on seven hits in the first inning alone before giving way to four New Mexico relievers. SFA managed to score at least one runner on each of the first four Lobo arms they threw at them, including three with two outs in the fifth off of Bobby Mares to break the game open.
For the second straight day the `Jacks wasted no time jumping out to an early lead, pouncing on Lobo Brummett for four runs on seven hits in the first frame. After Moreda and Villalobos opened the game with hits, Ricardo Sanchez plated each with a sharp single up the middle. Scarafiotti followed with a single to center in front of Rory Myers, who tugged a grounder through the left side to make give SFA a 3-0 lead. Chris Hernandez followed Myers with a sure single to right field, giving Greening a quick 4-0 advantage to work with.
SFA left the bases loaded in its half of the second before the Lobos got on the board on an RBI single from Alex Real; however, after a scoreless third by the `Jacks, SFA struck again for a run when Villalobos sent an 0-2 pitch into the right-field corner for a triple that scored Moreda, who had doubled to open the inning.
New Mexico then mounted a two-out rally in its half of the fourth that started when Ryan Padilla reached on an error and after the Lobos loaded the bases John Pustay brought in a pair with a single through the left side of the infield; however, UNM got three runs in on the play on the second SFA error of the frame. Fortunately, Greening followed that up by striking out Alex Allbritton to keep the `Jacks out in front 5-4.
But after SFA had left a runner on third in the fourth, it looked as though they would do the same in the fifth, that was until the `Jacks answered the Lobos' two-out rally with one of their own. Myers reached third base with none out after a single, steal and error but Mares nearly worked out of it after retiring Chris Hernandez and Bobby Loveless. But Bryce Cummings got the run home with a two-out infield hit, and then scored one batter later when Moreda shot a double into the left-field corner. Villalobos then nullified the Lobos' inning by driving in the third SFA run of the inning, putting the `Jacks up 8-4 with his second double of the day.
Greening followed that with shutdown fifth and sixth innings and the `Jacks gave another run of cushion when Moreda drove in Fola Lajide with a triple off the right-field wall.
New Mexico got one run back on a leadoff homer by Josh Melendez in the 8th, but never mustered a true threat to get back in the game as lefty Reid Landers came in and struck out three of the seven hitters he faced in tossing two scoreless innings to close out the game.
The `Jacks will look to stay hot this weekend when they travel to Natchitoches, La., for a three-game set with Northwestern State beginning Friday at Brown-Stroud Field.