SFA Finishes Twin Bill Sweep Of Islanders
April 21, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Lumberjacks only managed four hits on the day, but made two of them count and the SFA pitching staff combined to strike out 11 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi hitters in a 2-1 win in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader at Chapman Field.
The win clinches the first road series win of the year for SFA (16-23, 9-11 SLC) and gives the `Jacks five straight wins at Chapman Field.
Cameron Gann struck out a career best eight hitters in six innings, allowing just one unearned run in running his record to 4-2 on the year. He has not allowed an earned run in either of his last two starts.
Alex Moshier made things interesting in the ninth for the second time on the day, but for the second time converted the save opportunity. The senior gave up a one-out single and had the tying run on second base before striking out a pair of Islander (15-24, 8-12 SLC) hitters to close out the game, the last one being of Marc Damon with the bases loaded.
Adam Hoelscher was the tough-luck loser for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The lefty nearly went the distance, striking out seven and walking four with four hits allowed in 8.2 innings in falling to 6-4 on the season.
No SFA hitter finished with more than one hit but a pair of doubles from Jarid Scarafiotti and Hunter Dozier each managed to bring Freddy Villalobos around from first base for the lone runs on the night. Ricardo Sanchez and Zach Benson each picked up a hit as well, with Sanchez adding a stolen base to his night's tally.
Scarafiotti put SFA out in front 1-0 with an RBI double in the top of the first inning, bringing Villalobos all the way home from first base after he had reached on an error with one out in the inning. Two innings later Villalobos raced around the bases to score from first again, drawing a leadoff walk and then scoring on a double just inside the third-base bag by Dozier.
The Islanders cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth when a pair of walks put the `Jacks in a jam. Gann then got Jonathan Gonzalez to hit a comeback grounder to the mound, but after getting the runner at second base, Dozier's return throw from second to first base sailed wide and allowed Jordan Lee to score. The Islanders still had a chance to knot the game with the tying run on second base, but Gann responded with a pickoff of Gonzalez and his third strikeout of Jeramie Marek to keep the `Jacks in front.
Cory Ochs came on to toss a clean seventh inning, but needed some help to get out of the eighth after TAMUCC moved the tying runner to second base with just one out. The `Jacks then went to Justin Choate out of the bullpen who retired Jordan Lee on a grounder and Drew Vest with a strikeout to give push SFA into the ninth with the lead.
After Tanner Green got out of a bases-loaded jam for the Islanders in the top of the inning without the `Jacks adding any insurance runs, Marek gave the Islanders life in the ninth with a one-out single off of Moshier. He promptly stole second base on the very next pitch, but was left at second after Stafford Brantley struck out swinging; however, a walk and an SFA miscue loaded the bases for Damon with two down in the inning, but Moshier got Damon to swing through three straight pitches to close out his second save of the afternoon.
The `Jacks go for their second straight series sweep in Corpus Christi on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with Colton Eubanks on the hill. He'll be opposed by Islander righty Daniel Minor.