`Jacks Split Twinbill With Broncs
April 15, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Ryan Priest went 4-for-4 in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, but it was Zach Gardner's two doubles in Game 1 that made him SFA's all-time hits leader as SFA split a pair of games with UTPA at Jaycees Field.
Gardner needed just one hit to tie Blake Boydston for the school's all-time mark and did just that with a leadoff double in the first inning and was part of a ninth-inning rally with a two-run double off the right-center field wall to claim the record for himself.
Unfortunately SFA (14-21, 6-11) came up just short in falling 9-8 in 10 innings in game one to snap a nine-game win streak against UTPA (7-31) that dated back to 2006. But the `Jacks rebounded to cruise to an 11-3 win in the second game in just seven innings.
Priest followed up his breakout offensive game on Tuesday by giving SFA its third four-hit performance in just three games in Game 2, dropping in three singles and a double off the wall with three RBI to lead the offensive charge for the `Jacks.
SFA scored all 11 of its runs with three straight three-run innings from the second through the fourth before adding two more in the fifth. Priest opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second and scored on a two-run double from Justin McAninch to give SFA an early 3-1 lead.
Sean Meyers then shot a double down the left-field line against a heavily shifted outfield that scored Tanner Hines all the way from first in the bottom of the fourth, giving the `Jacks a 4-1 lead before Priest struck again. The junior launched an RBI double off the left-center field wall that made it 6-2 through just three innings.
Ferguson delivered his second RBI hit of the day in the fourth on a two-run single and came in to score two batters later when Priest had his third RBI hit in as many innings.
Game one was the second consecutive extra-inning game for SFA after falling 8-7 to Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday and made the `Jacks 0-4 in extra-inning games so far this year.
Jared West earned his second win of the season for SFA in Game 2 with 1.1 innings of scoreless work while Alex Moshier took his first loss of the year after allowing the go-ahead run in the 10th inning of the first game.
The opener saw the SFA bats stayed quiet after a two-run first inning all the way until the bottom of the ninth. UTPA starter Scott Wingo threw 167 pitches threw 8.1 innings, but SFA's four-run ninth left him short of his third win of the year.
The `Jacks opened it up with a pair of runs in the first inning, including an two-run double from Brian Ferguson; however, the Broncs scored five unanswered runs including four unearned runs in the top of the third to stake themselves to a 5-1 lead.
Two more runs for SFA cut it back to 5-4 in after three innings, but UTPA was not quite done. Erik Gregersen loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth before Jason West came in from the bullpen and issued a one-out walk to Jordan Rutenbar to bring in a run. But West then got a strikeout and a pop out to end the damage until the ninth when the Broncs struck again on a passed ball and a sacrifice fly to give the Broncs a four-run cushion.
SFA then went to work in their half of the ninth, getting a leadoff pinch-hit single from Adam Bosley to start things off and then Gardner's two-run double to cut the lead in half three batters later. Sean Meyers then knotted it at 8-8 with a two-run single that scored Gardner and Gabriel Garcia-Serrano. Then after a single from Brian Ferguson and an intentional walk to Bo Coffman, Jarid Scarafiotti had a chance to win it with the bases loaded and only one out but grounded into a double play to send the game to extra innings.
Ryan Vest then put the Broncs in front for good by delivering a weak single through the right side of the SFA infield off of Richard Folmer after UTPA had worked the bases loaded with two outs off of Moshier.
The `Jacks open up another league series on Friday in Lake Charles, La., when they play at McNeese State. Erich Lehmann is slated for the Friday start against the Cowboys, who are just a half-game behind SFA in the SLC standings.