April 2, 2011
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Lumberjacks scored in seven of nine innings on the day, but the Texas State Bobcats had answer every time and was able to escape with a 12-11 win over the `Jacks to secure a series win on Saturday at Bobcat Field.
SFA (19-9, 8-3 SLC) trailed 12-9 heading into the ninth against Bobcat (19-7, 10-1 SLC) closer Joseph Dvorsky, but the `Jacks still managed to plate two runs on solo homers from Justin McAninch and Chris Hernandez, but left the tying runner stranded on second base as Dylan Adamek earned his first save of the year as the back end of five Bobcat pitchers that saw the mound.
Both teams finished with an even 15 hits and three errors in the field, but the Lumberjacks walked seven Bobcats on the day, with three coming around to score. Two of those free passes came in the bottom of the sixth when Texas State's Cory Falvey launched a 2-0 pitch from Chase Wier into left field to put the Bobcats ahead for good at 10-8.
Wier ended up taking his first loss of the season, while freshman Hunter Lemke earned his first win of his career with 1.2 innings of relief work.
Five Lumberjacks finished with multiple hits on the day, led by Jarid Scarafiotti's second straight 3-for-5 performance. Bobcat catcher Andrew Stumph led Texas State with a perfect 4-for-4 day, driving in two and scoring three times.
For the second straight day it was SFA jumping out in front with an RBI single from Garrett Smith in the first to score Bryson Myles from third, who had led off the game with a single off of Texas State starter Lee Colon and stole both second and third before coming in to score the first of three runs on the day.
But it didn't take long for the Bobcats to get to SFA starter Jared West as consecutive RBI doubles from Kyle Kubitza and Casey Kalenkosky brought in runs before Jeff McVaney got another one home with a single to give the `Cats a 3-1 lead after just one inning.
SFA tied it up on a hustle play by Myles as he scored from third behind Bryce Cummings on a two-out error by Bobcat second baseman Tyler Sibley on a grounder from by Scarafiotti. West kept the `Cats off the board in the third and one inning later was given back a 4-3 lead on a sacrifice fly from Myles.
But for the second of five innings, the `Cats answered an SFA score with a score of its own, taking advantage of a leadoff double from Stumph to knot the score on a single from Sibley.
The teams traded three runs apiece in the fifth with a two-run double from McAninch and a sacrifice fly from Hernandez giving SFA a 7-4 lead and driving Colon from the game; however, the Bobcats returned the favor in driving West from the bump in the bottom of the inning, getting runs home on RBI hits from Falvey, Stumph and Sibley to tie it back up once again.
An RBI groundout from Jordan Lewis put SFA back out in front, 8-7, before Falvey's shot in the bottom of the inning. The inning got going with consecutive one-out walks to McVaney and Isaac Nuti, setting the table for Falvey's three-run shot that gave the `Cats a two-run edge.
Oddly enough, each team went in order in the seventh before SFA trimmed the lead to 10-9 on an RBI single from Scarafiotti that loaded the bases with just one away. But a base running blunder by the `Jacks cost them a pair of outs one batter later and got the `Cats out of the jam.
Texas State added two more insurance runs with two away in the bottom of the eighth that proved to be big as SFA had a comeback ready for the ninth. Two of SFA's first three hitters of the ninth - McAninch and Hernandez - each blasted solo shots to cut the lead to just one run, and Bryce Cummings followed that with a single to center field to put the tying run on base. After the `Cats went to Adamek out of the pen, a grounder from Myles moved the runner to second for Garrett Smith, but the senior grounded out to first to end the game.
SFA will look to avoid the sweep by the Bobcats on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start at Bobcat Field. Sophomore lefty Colton Turner will get the start for the `Cats, opposed by junior righty Zack Taylor for the Lumberjacks.