`Jacks Close Out Series With Twinbill Split
May 2, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - An RBI-single from Brian Ferguson in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader was enough to get the `Jacks a 1-0 win over Sam Houston, but the Bearkats rallied in the matinee to leave town with a 9-2 win.
The teams had moved up the series due to impending poor weather forcasted to roll through the Nacogdoches area on Sunday.
SFA (21-25, 12-15 SLC) has now won three of the four series it has played against Sam Houston (29-19, 15-12 SLC) since the `Jacks returned to the diamond in 2006. The 1-0 victory in Game 1 was also the first 1-0 victory for SFA since beating UTSA at Jaycees Field on April 22, 2007.
The `Jacks needed just the one run to get the win behind three pitchers, with Jared West going 6.0 innings to run his record to 3-2 on the season. He was not sharp, but was efficient as he allowed five walks but only three hits in keeping the `Kats at bay. Alex Moshier was on point in two innings of relief, striking out two while not allowing a baserunner, setting up Richard Folmer's 11th save of the year.
SFA only managed seven hits off of Bearkat starter Jacob Howard, but were able to piece together one single scoring inning in the sixth. Tanner Hines extended his hit streak to 11 games with by grounding one down the third-bas line that eventually hit the bag for an infield hit with two outs. Sean Meyers was then hit by a 1-0 pitch from Howard before Brian Ferguson shot a two-strike pitch back up the middle to score the only run the `Jacks would need.
Howard eventually took the loss, but went the entire 8.0 innings and did not walk a batter while fanning eight `Jacks.
Brett Rogers got the call for SFA in the finale and got some early help in the first when Ferguson drove in his second run of the day with a double down the right-field line that scored Zach Gardner to give SFA an early 1-0 lead.
Rogers then battled with Bearkat freshman Brent Powers through 6.0 innings, not allowing a hit until the fifth when the Sam Houston bats finally came alive. A one-out double from Seth Hammock sparked a two-run inning for the `Kats, with Adam DeLaGarza and Braeden Riley each delivering RBI hits for a 2-1 lead.
Tyler Knight then plated another pair of runs one inning later, delivering his fifth home run of the year over the left-field fence and putting Sam Houston in front 4-1 through six innings.
The `Kats added another run in the eighth off of Jared Schrom before getting four more in the top of the ninth off of Erik Gregersen to open the game up at 9-1. SFA added a run in the ninth on a RBI-double from Luke Baker to round out the scoring.
Rogers took the loss, despite throwing at least 5.0 innings for his fourth consecutive start. Powers fanned four and allowed six hits and one run to go to 3-1 on the year.
Overall SFA managed 17 hits on the day, but was only able to get two of them to go for extra bases while stranding 16 runners over the two games. The `Jacks left 10 runners in the finale.
The `Jacks remain in sole possession of the eighth and final spot in the SLC Tournament with two weeks to go, with at least a 3.5-game lead pending results from around the league this weekend.
SFA will next play in a makeup game in Ruston, La., versus Louisiana Tech. The game was originally scheduled for March 11, but was rescheduled due to weather.