Missed Chances Doom `Jacks In Loss To Cardinals
April 7, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Lumberjacks stranded 12 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, and Lamar used a three-run fifth inning to steal a 6-4 win over SFA in the series finale on Saturday at Jaycees Field.
SFA (13-18, 6-9 SLC) got four hits apiece from both Rene' Moreda and Max Lamantia, but the Cardinals (12-18, 5-10 SLC) managed to answer every Lumberjack scoring inning with a scoring inning of their own and scored four of their six runs with two outs. The `Jacks managed to get at least one man on base in eight of the game's nine innings, advancing at least one runner into scoring position in seven of those fames; however, SFA finished just 6-for-23 with runners on base and 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position while registering just one hit with two outs in an inning.
Hunter Dozier added two singles and two RBI, but other than Moreda and Lamantia, no other Lumberjack hitter registered a hit as the offense was unable to take advantage of eight walks and a hit batter by the Cardinal pitching staff.
Colton Eubanks took his second consecutive loss, falling to 3-3 after allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings, despite striking out a career-high five hitters and walking just one. Three Lumberjack relievers combined to allow just one run in four innings of relief, highlighted by a pair of shutout innings from Fabian Arcizo.
Chase Angelle got his second win of the year, despite allowing just two runs in two innings, but it was freshman righty reliever Collin Chapman that hauled the bulk of the Cardinal load in earning a five-inning save. He struck out three and scattered five hits in 82 pitches of relief.
The `Jacks had chances in each of the first two innings to open up the game as Lamar starter Jonathan Dziedzic showed control issues, walking a pair and giving up two hits in the first before getting a strikeout of Lamantia to leave the bases juiced. He nearly worked out of a jam an inning later, but Moreda made him pay for a pair of walks to open the inning with an RBI single to center field to put SFA up 1-0. Another walk loaded the bases again, but once again Dziedzic kept the damage at the minimum with a strikeout to end the inning.
Lamar took advantage of its bottom two hitters in the order reaching base to open the top of the third, bunting them over and then knotting the game on a sacrifice fly from Garrett Autrey.
SFA went back ahead 2-1 when Bryce Cummings and Moreda each reached to open the bottom of the fourth, but an RBI fielder's choice from Dozier was all the `Jacks could muster before Lamar answered with a three-run fifth. The Cardinal rally started innocently enough with a leadoff single from Zach Luevanos, which were immediately followed by consecutive strikeouts from Eubanks to keep the runner at first. But Jude Vidrine then singled , followed by a game-tying RBI double from Autrey. One batter later, Darian Johnson squirted a seeing-eye double just inside the third-base bag that plated two runs and gave the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
Chapman then entered to start the fifth, giving up an RBI single with one out to Lamantia to trim the lead to 4-3, but he worked around the damage to keep Lamar ahead. Then, it only took one batter for the Cards to get the run back as Jeff Abt sent his first homer of the year over the left-field fence to start the sixth.
Arcizo kept LU off the board in each of the next two innings and the `Jacks put together another rally in its half of the eighth inning against Chapman. An RBI single from Dozier cut the lead to 5-4 with two outs in the inning, but pinch hitter Fola Lajide followed that up with a hard fly ball to left field that ended the frame.
Lamar got its insurance run back in the ninth with a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the inning, and SFA gave itself a chance in the bottom of the inning, but after a one-out single by Lamantia, Chapman got Chris Hernandez to ground into a tailor-made double play to clinch the series for Lamar.
SFA will try and right the ship on Tuesday when it travels to Ruston, La., for a midweek game at Louisiana Tech.