'Runners Get Game-Saving Catch To Squeak By SFA
April 19, 2008
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Lumberjacks made things interesting in the ninth inning, but Michael Rockett made a game-saving catch on a shot from Noel Trevino in the top of the ninth to preserve a 12-10 win for the Roadrunners on Saturday at Roadrunner Field.
The Lumberjacks (14-23, 3-13) trailed 12-8 entering the ninth inning, but got started on the right foot when Kevin Croft and Justin Roland both reached to open the inning against UTSA (27-12, 13-4) stopper Zach Calhoon. Matt Whatley then singled, and after Zach Gardner struck out swinging, pinch hitter Brian Ferguson walked to load the bases.
After Kai Kirby struck out for the second out of the inning, Calhoon brought Roland home on a wild pitch and moved the tying run to second base with Trevino at the plate. Trevino then stroked a 2-0 pitch to center field where Rockett retreated and made a diving, over-the-shoulder, catch on the warning track for the game's final out.
The game had been back-and-forth until the fifth inning when UTSA third baseman Ryan Rummel hit a grand slam to give the `Runners an 11-6 lead with nobody out; however, Kevin Thomas struck out the side after that on his way to six strikeouts in five innings of relief.
The `Jacks actually had the lead twice on the day, the first time after a two-run second inning that included Roland's first of a career-best three doubles on the day. Zach Gardner scored him with a single for the 2-1 lead, but Tyler Carpenter hit his first oe run of his career to lead off UTSA's half of the frame to tie things.
SFA retook the lead an inning later, scoring two times on four hits. Kirby led off with a double and scored on a single from Kevin Crabtree who had a pair of RBI on the day, and he eventually scored on an RBI single from Croft to left field.
Unfortunately, the `Runners continued to score and did so at least once in each of the game's first five innings, eventually culminating in Rummel's grand slam in the fifth.
SFA got two of those runs back in the seventh on a bases-loaded double by Roland that gave him another career high with four RBI, but that hit also drove reliever Mark Ruffin from the game in favor of Calhoon who struck out both Gardner and Gabriel Garcia-Serrano to keep UTSA in front.
Erich Lehmann got his first start since April 1 for SFA, but could only last three innings before being lifted two batters into the fourth in favor of Thomas. Lehmann eventually shouldered the loss, his fifth loss on the season.
Ruffin picked up his second win of the season for UTSA, while Calhoon earned his ninth save of the season. Rockett also did plenty of damage at the plate, finishing just a triple away from the cycle in going 4-for-5 with three RBI for the `Runners.
SFA did not commit an error for the first time since March 6, only the third time this season that has happened. The `Jacks and `Runners conclude their series on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start time. It can be heard live on KSFA 860 AM.