April 13, 2006
Freshman pitcher Richard Folmer went 5.1 innings and surrendered only two hits to pick up his first victory of the season Thursday afternoon. Folmer improved to 1-2 (.333) on the season as SFA defeated Northwestern State, 3-2, at Jaycees Field. The 'Jacks are now 7-30 (.189) on the season and 3-16 (.158) in Southland Conference play.
The Lumberjacks were leading by a run heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. With two out and runners at first and second, junior David Jeans hit a single to deep short that was misplayed and allowed sophomore Buck Britton to score, giving SFA a two-run lead.
Folmer was relieved in the sixth inning by freshman Erich Lehmann, with one out and one on. Lehmann proceeded to get the next two Demon hitters to fly out to end the inning. Folmer finished the game with a 2-0 lead after pitching 5.1 shutout innings and striking out three batters.
SFA added what appeared to be an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning when freshman Jared Schrom doubled to right centerfield to drive in his fifth run of the year. The RBI double gave the Lumberjacks a 3-0 lead and proved to be the gamewinner as Northwestern State rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth.
Lehmann picked up his first save of the season, pitching 3.2 innings and striking out two batters. Junior Steven Hill went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, while juniors Clay Britton and Jason Wilson and freshman Kevin Croft each recorded two hits on the afternoon. Junior David Jeans went 1-for-3 with and RBI and a run scored.
SFA returns to the diamond Friday afternoon for the second game of the series against Northwestern State. The game is slated to begin at 3 p.m. from Jaycees Field.