'Jacks Take Opener From Islanders
April 21, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Freddy Villalobos drove in a pair of runs and Chase Greening pitched seven solid innings as the Lumberjacks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Chapman Field.
Greening picked up his fourth straight win, scattering seven hits and striking out five while allowing just two runs in his seven innings of work. Alex Moshier managed to work around a pair of singles to open up the ninth inning to earn his fourth save for SFA (15-23, 8-11 SLC).
Trevor Foss was solid for the Islanders (15-23, 8-11 SLC), striking out seven hitters in six innings, but allowed three earned runs in falling to 0-6 on the season.
Villalobos was joined by Chris Hernandez and Bryce Cummings with multi-hit games, while Zach Benson reached base twice and scored a pair of runs, giving the `Jacks productivity from the bottom of the lineup.
The `Jacks scratched home a run in the top of the third inning, using an infield hit from Villalobos to bring in Cummings who had reached base on a one-out single. He added another RBI in the fifth with an RBI single, and the `Jacks made it 3-0 an inning later when Chris Hernandez doubled to the fence in left-center field and scored Bobby Loveless all the way from first.
Meanwhile, Greening cruised through the first five innings, striking out four hitters and allowing just three hits before the Islanders finally got to him in the bottom of the sixth. TAMUCC put together four hits in the frame and got RBI singles from both Santiago Ruiz and Brad Porras to trim the lead to 3-2.
Greening then tossed a perfect seventh before handing the ball over to the bullpen with Cass Ingvardsen putting up a zero in the eighth before the `Jacks added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Zach Benson led off with a bunt single and stole second, but it was a two-out intentional walk to Hunter Dozier that was followed by an Islander error to load the bases for Ricardo Sanchez, who drew a four-pitch walk from Phillip Garcia to plate Benson and put SFA up 4-2.
Things got interesting in the ninth when Dan Sciantarelli and Jordan Lee each singled to open the inning, and after Jordan Lee bunted them into scoring position, the Islanders had what they wanted with the middle of the order at the plate. But Moshier responded, striking out Stafford Brantley before getting Jonathan Gonzalez to fly out to center field to close out the game and get the `Jacks back into the win column.