April 9, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Lumberjack offense put up two runs in the bottom of the first inning and Jared West did his best to make sure that lead held up, shutting out UTSA over 7.0 innings before handing it over to the bullpen who completed a 2-0 shutout of the Roadrunners to even up the series on Saturday at Jaycees Field.
It was the fourth shutout of the season for SFA (22-10, 10-4 SLC) and was in large part in thanks to the defense behind West, who struck out just one batter in his seven innings of work in running his record to a team-leading 5-1 mark for the season. Alex Moshier and Jason West each tossed a shutout inning as well in relief, with West striking out the side in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season and move into a tie with Kyle Standley for second all-time at SFA with 15.
Taylor Walton took the loss for UTSA, despite throwing his second complete game of the year. The senior righty struck out four and walked three, but gave up a pair of two-out runs in the first inning and was never able to pitch with a lead all afternoon.
SFA stays in sole possession of second place in the SLC with the win and will go for its third series win over UTSA in as many years on Sunday in the finale.
The Roadrunners managed six hits off of Jared West, including two apiece from Matthew James and Casey Selsor, but were just 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position for the game, stranding eight on base.
SFA was just 1-for-5 itself with runners in scoring position, but they made that one hit count when Darren Crabtree shot a two-out single through the left side of the infield in the first inning to score Jarid Scarafiotti from second; however, in the midst of the play it was heads-up base running from Jackson Hood that got across another run as he had advanced to third on the hit and eventually scored when Crabtree stayed alive on the base path between first and second, giving the `Jacks the early 2-0 lead.
It turned out that those two runs were all that West would need as the senior did not allow a runner into scoring position until the fourth inning for UTSA. But after working out of a two-out jam in the fourth, he got some defensive help in the fifth with two away when a two-out single from Mike Warren was followed by a double by No. 9 hitter RJ Perucki into the right field corner. UTSA decided to send Warren all the way from first around to score, but a well-executed relay throw from Hood and Scarafiotti got the ball to catcher Riley Huble just in time to make the tag and end the inning.
Meanwhile, Walton was cruising on the other side for UTSA, retiring 12 of 13 hitters he faced from the second through the fifth innings and keeping UTSA close.
West got some more defensive help in the sixth when Jordan Lewis made a jump throw from behind the second base bag off a deflected grounder to retire Ryan Dalton at first and end the inning, stranding a runner on third. One inning later he worked out of the first two batters reaching base as after a sacrifice bunt put them in scoring position with just one out, he got fly outs from both Warren and pinch hitter Jason Mohn to keep SFA out in front, 2-0.
He was lifted after walking the leadoff man of the eighth inning, but Alex Moshier had no problem working around the free pass, striking out the first hitter he faced and using just 13 pitches to navigate through the heart of the UTSA lineup.
After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Jason West came on to toss the final frame and despite a two-out error, managed to get all three outs via strikeout to notch the save.
Zack Taylor will get the ball for SFA in the series finale on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and will be opposed by right-hander Jordan Langley for UTSA.