Senior Jared West struck out five in eight innings of work on Friday vs Sam Houston.
May 6, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Senior Jared West struck out five and scattered seven hits in eight strong innings of work, but the Lumberjack defense committed seven errors behind him in allowing four unearned runs to score for Sam Houston State in a 5-1 loss to the Bearkats on Friday at Jaycees Field.
SFA (30-15, 17-8 SLC) out-hit the Bearkats (31-17, 14-11 SLC) 10-7 on the day, but tied a school record with the seven fielding errors. It was the most miscues by an SFA squad since 2007 and the fourth time in recorded history that it has happened.
The defensive lapses spoiled an otherwise outstanding start from West, who battled Bearkat starter Brandon Kimbrel pitch for pitch all afternoon. West allowed five runs on the afternoon, but just one earned, in falling to 6-3 on the year. Meanwhile, Kimbrel made things difficult for SFA himself in tossing 129 pitches in earning the complete-game win. He struck out six and walked none on the day.
Jordan Lewis, Bryce Cummings and Jarid Scarafiotti all finished with two hits apiece to carry the bulk of the offensive load, but just one of SFA's 10 hits on the afternoon managed to go for extra bases, none of which were after Darren Crabtree's first-inning double.
Sam Houston did not need a single hit to score two runs in the first inning, using two of West's three walks on the afternoon and a pair of SFA errors to take the early lead. The `Kats got the first across on a throwing error on a double steal, then on a misfire to second base from shortstop Hunter Dozier on a grounder off the bat of Kevin Miller that would have been the third out of the inning.
The `Jacks got their lone run of the game in the second inning, putting together a two-out rally off of Kimbrel, sparked by the bottom of the order. Singles from Dozier and Lewis gave the `Jacks some life in the inning before Cummings got them on the board with an RBI-single to right field.
But SFA gave the run right back in the third inning on a two-out rally by the Bearkats that started with a bloop single by Greg Olson. One pitch later Miller hammered a double to the left-center field wall that scored Olsen all the way from first to push the advantage back to two runs at 3-1.
One inning later, after Ryan Mooney had reached on the fourth SFA error of the day, the `Jacks compounded the problem when a pickoff throw went awry and allowed Mooney to go all the way to third and eventually score on a single from Braeden Riley against a drawn-in infield.
On the other side of things, Kimbrel settled in for the `Kats, not allowing a run in the final seven innings and retiring nine straight Lumberjacks at one point from the fifth to the seventh innings. He got another insurance run in the eighth on a single from Mooney after the seventh error of the day on SFA had put Miller in scoring position after a leadoff single.
SFA put runners on in both the eighth and ninth innings against Kimbrel, but in each instance the Bearkat senior was able to get a necessary ground ball to avoid any damage.
The `Jacks will take on the `Kats again on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Jaycees Field. Senior lefty Tyler Herriage is slated to get the ball for the `Jacks against senior right-hander Matt Shelton for Sam Houston.