Smith's Walkoff Hit Clinches Series Over Islanders
April 17, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Garrett Smith hit a bases-loaded walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth to give SFA its second straight 4-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at Jaycees Field.
SFA (23-10, 11-5 Southland) had not turned more than two double-plays on the year, but turned four on Saturday to negate 11 Islander (13-23, 5-12 Southland) hits against Lumberjack pitching.
Jared West gave up 10 of those hits, but kept the `Jacks in the game by issuing just one walk in a career-best seven innings; however, it was Cory Ochs that got the win to move to 2-0 on the year with two innings of scoreless relief.
Ian Campbell took the loss for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as he walked the leadoff man in the bottom of the ninth for what proved to be the winning run.
Once again it was the Islanders that jumped out in front early as Matt Holland delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the third that scored Caleb Marx, who finished the day with three hits, including a pair of doubles. The inning could have yielded more for the Islanders, but Smith ended the inning by gunning down Trey Hernandez at home plate as he attempted to score from second on a single by Cory Ege.
The `Jacks then took advantage of the momentum in their half of the third with Michael Haynes dropping down a perfect one-out bunt single to start a rally. He advanced a pair of bases on a balk and a passed ball before Smith drove him in with a sacrifice fly of his own to right field to tie the game 1-1.
West navigated a quick fourth inning, as did Hoelscher, before the fireworks started again in the fifth inning. The Islanders were the first to score, using three hits, including doubles from Marx and Vergne to put two runs on the board and build a 3-1 lead. Again, the Islanders could have had more, but West got Holland to line into a double play before getting Ege to ground out to minimize the damage.
Justin McAninch then started a rally for SFA in it's half of the inning by tripling to right-center to lead off the frame, just out of the reach of Chris Vergne. A sacrifice fly from Haynes got him in from third to trim the lead from one before Smith kept the pressure on by lining a double down the left-field line with one away. Two batters later Jarid Scarafiotti brought him home and tied it up with a single up the middle.
The teams traded zeroes on the scoreboard until the bottom of the ninth, when Riley Huble drew a leadoff walk from Campbell. Patrick Gratzke came in to pinch run for Huble and promptly swiped second base before pinch hitter Darren Crabtree drew a walk from Hernandez, who had just been brought to the mound. One batter later Haynes picked up his second bunt single of the game to load the bases with nobody out, forcing the Islanders to bring in the infield. But it was no matter as Smith lined a 2-0 pitch into left field for a sure single that let Gratzke come home with the winning run.
SFA will go for its first-ever, three-game sweep of the Islanders on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Justin Braddock is the scheduled SFA starter against an Islander starter that is yet to be determined.