May 2, 2006
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks recorded one of the biggest upsets in the nation knocking off 10th-ranked (Baseball America Top 25 poll) Houston, 3-2, Tuesday afternoon at Jaycees Field. The 'Jacks improved to 9-39 (.188) on the season, while Houston dropped to 31-17 (.646).
The Lumberjacks had an opportunity in the first inning but left the bases loaded. Houston responded by plating the first run of the game in the top of the second. But SFA battled right back to take the lead in the bottom half of the inning.
Junior Steven Hill stepped to the plate in the second with the bases loaded and two out and lined a shot right back up the middle that scored David Jeans and Clay Britton. Hill finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in.
The Cougars tied the game in the fourth inning with a solo home run off the bat of Luis Flores. The game remained tied until the seventh inning, when the 'Jacks went back on the attack. Freshman Zach Gardner singled to lead off the inning and then stole second base. Two batters later, sophomore Buck Britton doubled down the right field line to drive in the go ahead run. Freshman pitcher Jared Schrom made the lead stand as he went 5.0 inning of relief to pick up the victory. Schrom finished the game surrendering only one hit and struck out one.
Freshman Erich Lehmann got the start and went 4.0 innings. Lehmann surrendered only five hits and two runs in the outing, while striking out three batters. Junior David Jeans went 2-for-4 on the afternoon with a run scored, and Gardner went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
The Lumberjacks will be back in action Saturday when they host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The game against the Islanders is slated to begin at 1 p.m. from Jaycees Field.