April 28, 2007
Jared Pitts was a perfect 5-for-5 against the Nicholls State Colonels as he hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and a double in Stephen F. Austin's 15-8 win Saturday afternoon. Pitts has hit three home runs in two games as the Lumberjacks won their fourth straight Southland Conference contest, moving their league mark to 12-8 and their overall record to 25-20. The Colonels lost their eighth straight game, falling to 5-39 overall and 1-19 in SLC action.
Pitts' two home runs were half of SFA's dingers, as Steven Hill and Kevin Croft each chimed in with one apiece. It was Hill's 20th home run of the year as he broke the 14-year old single season record set by Hayland Hardy in 1993.
The Lumberjacks scored in each of the first five innings, scoring four runs in the third and five runs in the fifth to go ahead 11-1. But in the top of the fifth, Nicholls State scored seven runs to cut SFA's lead to 11-8. SFA added another run in the bottom of the fifth before closing out with three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
In the third inning, Justin Long, Hill, and Noel Trevino were walked to load the bases. Pitts then hit his first home run of the game over the left field wall to collect the grand slam. The Friendswood, Texas, native hit his second long ball of the game in the fifth inning, driving home three runs to send his RBI total to seven and tying a single-game record. Pitts broke the record when he singled to center field in the bottom of the fifth to send Hill across the plate. Pitts also scored four runs in the outing.
Croft had the second most hits for SFA, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI. Hill had two hits as he scored four runs and drove in a run.
Jared Schrom pitched 4.2 innings, allowing eight runs off 13 hits. He struck out five and walked two. Senior Josh Bone relieved Schrom in the fifth inning and pitched 1.1 innings and gave up one hit as he earned his first win of the season.
SFA will look to complete the sweep against the Colonels Sunday at 1 p.m. from Jaycees Field.