May 2, 2008
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Kevin Croft hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give SFA a lead it would not relinquish as the `Jacks won their sixth straight game on Friday, 6-3, over Texas State at Jaycees Field.
SFA (20-25, 7-14) had led the majority of the game before Texas State (24-20, 14-8) scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. Kevin Crabtree then started the two-out rally with a single to left field, followed by a single by Sean Meyers to put runners on first and second for Croft. Texas State starter Mike Hart had not allowed a run since the second inning to SFA, but left a 2-2 pitch over the plate that Croft mashed into the left-field parking lot to give the `Jacks a 5-3 lead.
SFA added another run in the eighth on an RBI double by Jeff Brewer, and Heath Konesheck struck out two of three hitters in the ninth to record his second save in less than a week.
Lance Luetge tossed his second consecutive quality start for SFA, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing only three runs in his time on the mound. Incidentally enough, `Jacks pitchers did not have a 1-2-3 inning in any frame on the afternoon.
Kevin Crabtree gave SFA an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, hitting his eighth home run of the season over the center field fence The hit advances his hit streak to 11 games, including hitting safely in 29 of his last 31. He has also homered in three of his last four games.
The `Cats trailed 2-1 entering the seventh inning before Aaron Fuller led off with his first home run of the season off of Luetge to tie the game, and it looked like Texas State would take the lead just three batters later when Elliott Babcock singled to left field and Thomas Field raced for home from second base; however, Crabtree threw a strike from left and Matt Whatley made the tag at home to keep the game tied. The `Cats added a run later in the inning on a pair of wild pitches from Kevin Thomas, but could only muster the one-run advantage before Croft delivered his heroics in the bottom of the inning.
SFA and Texas State continue play tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. from Jaycees Field. Erik Gregersen is scheduled to start for the `Jacks against Steven Siers for Texas State.