April 27, 2010
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Brett Rogers gave the Lumberjacks five solid innings on the mound and the SFA offense made just enough of 13 hits to pick up a 3-2 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday at Hogan Field.
SFA (27-12) got its second win of the year over UALR (21-21) despite not putting up more than a single run in any inning. Relievers Brad Oates and Jason West did their job in keeping the Trojans off the scoreboard for the final three innings, including West working around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth to earn his eight save of the year.
Rogers put together his best outing of the season for the `Jacks, allowing just three singles and one unearned run in five innings on the hill, striking out four and not walking a batter to run his record to 3-1.
Anthony Pryor lasted just 3.1 innings for the Trojans, taking the loss after allowing seven hits and a pair of runs and falling to 1-2.
Every Lumberjack starter picked up at least one hit on the night, with Tanner Hines and Riley Huble each leading the way with three hits apiece.
Bobby Loveless got the `Jacks out in front in the first inning with an RBI double that scored Tanner Hines from second to make it 1-0, but SFA could have had more as Pryor worked out of a second-and-third situation with no outs to keep the deficit at just one run.
The Trojans got an unearned run off of Rogers in the second on an RBI fielder's choice by Brock Feldmann, but SFA responded two innings later with an RBI single from Darren Crabtree to re-take a 2-1 lead.
SFA missed out on a pair of opportunities to add on to that lead in the fifth as Bryce Killingsworth threw out a pair of Lumberjacks at the plate to keep the `Jacks off the scoreboard, until the sixth. Crabtree led that inning with a walk and worked his way to second on a sacrifice bunt from Patrick Gratzke before Michael Haynes made it 3-1 with a run-scoring single to right field.
After Rogers' night came to a close after the fifth, Nate Brown pulled the Trojans to within a run with a leadoff home run off of Brett Higginbotham in the seventh. Two batters later Oates came in and worked out of a bases-loaded situation with two of his four strikeouts on the night, including one of Jason Houston to leave the bases juiced.
SFA put runners on in each of the next two innings, but could not push across an insurance run and turned to West to get the final three outs in the ninth. He issued a leadoff walk to Tyler Cameron, but proceeded to nail down the save by getting the next three hitters, including strikeouts of Tim Emmons and Casey McCollum.
The `Jacks have now won 11 of their last 14 and will travel to Huntsville, Texas, on Friday to start a three-game series with Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State.