April 17, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - For the first time in program history the Lumberjacks pulled off its third consecutive run-rule win, blowing past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the third straight day with a 15-3 win in seven innings on Sunday at Chapman Field.
SFA (26-11, 13-5 SLC) still remains in a tie atop the Southland Conference with the win as Texas State finished off taking two of three from Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday as well; however, both the `Jacks and `Cats are a full two games clear of the rest of the league field after this weekend's play.
After pounding out 17 hits apiece in each of the first two games, the Lumberjacks went past that mark with 19 base knocks in Sunday's series finale. Bryson Myles continued his blistering weekend with a 4-for-5 day, stealing home in the first inning as part of his three steals and scoring three times. For the weekend Myles finished 11-for-15 with five steals and five RBI for the weekend.
But he was not the only `Jack that closed out the weekend with a flurry as freshman Hunter Dozier went 3-for-5 with four RBI and his second homer of the year, and Garrett Smith finished 3-for-3 with three RBI as well. Darren Crabtree had two hits as well, putting up his fourth straight multi-RBI game of the week.
In all, SFA finished with five extra-base hits off six Islander (22-17, 7-11 SLC) pitchers with all nine starters reaching base at least once.
It was not a pretty day for SFA on the mound, but still four Lumberjack relievers combined to strand 13 Islander runners through the seven-inning affair. Alex Moshier picked up the win in relief, allowing a run in an inning of work, but worked out of a sixth-inning jam by striking out Trey Hernandez and getting Matt Holland to ground out with a pair of runners on base.
The `Jacks quickly spoiled Todd Simko's 10th start of the season, handing the lefty his sixth loss on the year after he lasted just 4.2 innings with six runs allowed on eight hits.
It was a quick start for SFA to get on the board in the first as Myles singled to lead off the game and after a sacrifice bunt from Smith moved him to second, he quickly stole third and then got a huge jump off of Simko with Jarid Scarafiotti at the plate to steal home with two outs and get the `Jacks on the board. It was the first steal of home plate by a Lumberjack since Kai Kirby did it three times in the 2008 season.
SFA starter Zack Taylor then worked out of jams in both the first and second innings to strand a pair of runners in each frame, and worked a perfect third before getting some more cushion from the `Jacks in the top of the fourth when Dozier launched a two-run, opposite-field homer over the right-field fence to push the score to 3-0.
The `Jacks put up three more in the top of the fifth, chasing Simko from the mound with RBIs from Crabtree, Scarafiotti and Jackson Hood to double the lead to 6-0. One inning later the `Jacks put up another three-spot with a five-hit outburst that included a two-run triple from Smith and another RBI single from Crabtree to balloon the lead to 9-0 through five innings.
Finally, after Landon Kozeny had gotten Chris Vergne to pop out with the bases loaded in the fifth, Corpus Christi got two runs back in the sixth on an RBI double from Omar Garcia and an RBI single from Bobby Buckner to cut the lead to 9-2 with just one out. Moshier then came on and got all-conference first baseman Trey Hernandez on strikes and coaxed a grounder from the cleanup man Holland to erase any other Islander scoring opportunity.
The `Jacks then put it away in the seventh with six runs on six hits, putting each of the first three hitters of the inning on base and sending 13 hitters to the plate in the frame. An RBI single by Bryce Cummings after a leadoff double from Dozier plated the first run, and three batters later he came in to score himself on an RBI single to right by Smith. Justin McAninch followed that with a two-run double before RBI hits from Hood and Dozier finally closed out the scoring.
TAMUCC got one back in the seventh, but Jason West came out of the pen for the first time all weekend and allowed a single to Santiago Ruiz before getting a pair of grounders by Logan Nottebrok and Jeramie Marek to finish off SFA's first-ever sweep of the Islanders.
The `Jacks have no midweek game on tap this week and will travel to Lake Charles, La., on Thursday to open up a three-game set at McNeese State.