April 15, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Lumberjacks exploded for 17 hits, eight for extra bases, and put up eight runs in the fifth inning to help fuel a 14-2 seven-inning win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the opener of a three-game series on Friday at Chapman Field.
Darren Crabtree and Bryson Myles each finished with 3-for-5 days with three RBI apiece for SFA (24-11, 11-5 SLC), who got its second run-rule win of the season with the victory. The `Jacks pounded out six doubles, a triple and a homer with every starter picking up at least one hit for the day.
That was more than enough for starter Jared West to work with as he allowed just two runs in working seven innings for the second consecutive week, striking out two and walking one while allowing just five hits to the Islanders (22-16, 7-9 SLC), the second-best hitting team in the SLC entering the weekend. West picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season in his first-ever Friday start.
SFA chased Islander starter Ian Campbell after just 4.2 innings only a week after the senior right-hander had tossed a complete-game shutout against Lamar. Campbell struck out three and walked just one, but allowed eight runs in seeing his record fall to 5-3 for the season.
Still, it was the eight-run fifth that really broke things open after the Islanders had cut an early 3-0 SFA lead to 3-2 on a homer from Matt Holland in the bottom of the fourth. The `Jacks sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored eight times on seven hits with seven of the runs coming with two outs. Crabtree's second of three RBI doubles on the day pushed in the first run of the inning, but the big play of the inning came three batters later when Max Lamantia slammed a two-out single to center field that plated a pair of runs and included Lamantia advancing to second and avoiding a tag at the bag to keep the inning alive.
SFA followed with two straight RBI hits from Hunter Dozier and Bryce Cummings, and after a walk to Michael Haynes, Myles capped the inning with a line-shot homer onto the left-field embankment, his fifth of the season, giving the `Jacks a commanding 11-2 advantage.
West responded with a clean inning in the bottom of the inning and the offense rewarded him with another run on another single from Lamantia in the sixth, and iced it away with two more in the seventh on a double from Crabtree and a sacrifice fly by Jackson Hood.
The Islanders went down in order in the seventh, giving West his second complete-game of the season.
SFA will try and clinch the series on Saturday when senior lefty Tyler Herriage gets the ball in another 2:00 p.m. start. He will be opposed by freshman right-hander, Justin Meza for the Islanders.