April 30, 2010
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Ryan Priest and Darren Crabtree each drove in four runs and Tyler Herriage threw six shutout innings as SFA opened up its weekend series with Piney Woods rival Sam Houston with an 11-2 win over the Bearkats at Don Sanders Stadium on Friday.
Priest and Crabtree were joined by Bo Coffman's two RBI to lead the offense for SFA (28-12, 14-7 Southland), who managed to score 11 runs despite just nine hits on the night against three Bearkat (17-26, 9-13 Southland) pitchers.
Herriage allowed just four hits and struck out five in picking up the win, bettering the Bearkats' Dallas Gallant, who fell to 2-7 after allowing seven runs in 6.1 innings of work.
Gallant struggled with his command early on and gave the `Jacks a scoring opportunity in the second with a pair of walks to start the inning, and Darren Crabtree cashed in by taking a 3-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for a three-run homer that staked SFA to an early 3-0 lead.
SFA pushed across another pair of runs in the third with a pair of sacrifice flies from Ryan Priest and Bo Coffman to push the lead to 5-0, giving SFA plenty of cushion for the rest of the night.
Herriage retired 10 in a row at one point on his way to his seventh victory of the season, but meanwhile Gallant was cruising as well before getting into some trouble in the seventh. A single from Tanner Hines and a walk to Jarid Scarafiotti prompted Mark Johnson to go to the bullpen for Matt Shelton, who gave up a sacrifice fly to Priest as part of a two-run inning that pushed SFA's lead to 7-0.
The `Kats got a run back in both the seventh and eighth, but the `Jacks batted around in the top of the ninth for four runs to put the game out of reach. Each of the four runs came with two away, starting with Priest's two-run double and followed by run-scoring hits by Coffman and Crabtree.
Jared West is slated to get the ball for SFA on Saturday, opposite Sam Houston's Brandon Kimbrel. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.