`Jacks Even Series With Mavs
April 28, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Cameron Gann tossed six shutout innings and the Lumberjacks got just enough offense to hold off UT Arlington for a 3-0 win in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday at Jaycees Field.
SFA (17-26, 10-13 SLC) snapped a three-game skid with its win on Saturday with Gann moving to 5-2 on the year, giving him the most wins by a Lumberjack freshman since Erich Lehmann had eight as a freshman in 2006.
The right-hander struck out five and walked just two in six innings and has now pitched at least six innings in six of his seven starts of the year, including each of his last three. He has also struck now struck out 17 batters in 18 innings in his last three starts after having just punched out 11 hitters in his previous 10 outings.
He had gone seven innings vs UTA (27-16, 14-9 SLC) on Feb. 26 in a no-decision when he received just one run of support; however, on Saturday he got 11 hits and three runs of support with nine of the hits coming the first six spots in the SFA order. Chris Hernandez continued to swing a hot bat, picking up three singles in four at-bats for his second three-hit day in three games, while Rene' Moreda, Freddy Vilallobos and Ricardo Sanchez each added two hits apiece.
The SFA bullpen also got into the act with three scoreless innings as Justin Choate allowed just two base runners in two scoreless frames before giving way to Alex Moshier for the ninth. The senior needed six pitches to strike out his first two hitters before getting a groundout to end a perfect final inning and earn his sixth save of the season.
UTA got four innings from freshman Zach Thompson, who fell to 2-3 after allowing three runs on eight hits with a strikeout and a walk. Lefty Adam Boydston then tossed four innings of scoreless relief, giving up just three singles while striking out four hitters.
For the second straight day the `Jacks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, using singles from Villalobos and Hunter Dozier to set things up for Jarid Scarafiotti who dumped single into right-center to bring in Villalobos.
Gann had little trouble in getting through the first two innings, but some defensive help to get past the third. Singles from Brent Bollinger and Ryan Walker put runners on the corners with just one out for Derek Miller, who nearly brought home Bollinger with a fly ball to right field, but Sanchez gunned him down at the plate to keep the `Jacks up 1-0.
UTA then returned the favor an inning later when right fielder Preston Beck shot down Moreda at the plate for his second outfield assist in as many days, but the `Jacks broke through in the fourth with two more runs for Gann. Hernandez's first single of the day was followed by a walk to Bobby Loveless, setting things up for Sanchez who doubled into right-center field to bring in a run before Bryce Cummings brought in Loveless with a grounder to the right side of the infield.
That was all the offense the `Jacks would get, but was also all that they would need as Gann worked around base runners in both the fifth and sixth innings, walking two batters in the sixth before getting Jordan Vaughn to fly out to quell the last Maverick rally of the day.
From there Choate and Moshier finished things off to give the `Jacks a shot on Sunday for a series win over the Mavs who entered the weekend tied for second place in the league.
The third game of the series is set for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday with Colton Eubanks scheduled to start for the `Jacks against a starter yet to be announced for UT Arlington.