May 9, 2008
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The weather must be taking its cue from the Lumberjack baseball team, because the thermometers continue to rise as the 'Jacks continue to stay hot.
Lance Luetge went the distance for the third time in two weeks and allowed only three balls to reach the outfield as the `Jacks picked up a 7-2 win on Friday over Texas-Arlington to run its win streak to nine games.
The streak is the longest by any Southland Conference team this season and pulls SFA (23-25, 10-14) to within 1 ½ games of UTA for the seventh spot in the conference, and a single game back of Southeastern Louisiana pending their evening result against Sam Houston.
The Mavericks (21-28, 12-13) have now lost eight of their last 10 games.
Luetge had the Mavs' hitters guessing all day, as a flurry of groundouts along with a season-high seven strikeouts kept him out of danger nearly the entire afternoon. A pair of errors by the `Jacks in the second inning allowed a pair of unearned runs to score, but that was just about it against the lefty as it only took him 109 pitches to navigate through the two-hour, four-minute affair.
Kevin Crabtree extended his hit streak to 15 games in the first inning with a double, but it was his second hit of the game that got the `Jacks on the scoreboard in the third. With SFA down 2-0, Crabtree shot a solid single to left field to score Kai Kirby before Mavs starter Ryan Robinson got Sean Meyers to ground into a double play to end the threat.
After Luetge got UTA in order in the top of the fourth, Justin Roland knotted the score with a rocket-shot solo home run to left field off of Robinson, the second homer of his career and the second one he's hit in less than a week.
The `Jacks continued to use the long ball for offense in the fifth, taking the lead on Noel Trevino's eighth home run of the year, a two-run shot that gave SFA a 4-2 lead and gave Luetge all the cushion he would need to record his sixth win of the year.
Crabtree, though, gave SFA some insurance in the bottom of the eighth with the `Jacks third home run of the day. After Trevino had singled to lead off the inning, Crabtree became the first Lumberjack this season to reach double digits in the home run club by hitting a mammoth home run to left field to give SFA a 6-2 lead.
SFA scored another run in the inning on a bases-loaded single by Zach Gardner that scored Meyers, and Luetge sat down UTA in order in the ninth to close the books on the day.
Robinson tossed seven innings for the Mavs, but allowed seven runs to take his fifth loss of the year.
Erik Gregersen is scheduled to throw for SFA on Saturday after going 7 2/3 innings for against Texas State last week. He will be opposed by another right-hander, Nathan Long, for UTA.
Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday from Jaycees Field. Saturday and Sunday's games were originally scheduled to be aired on KSFA 860 AM; however, due to scheduling conflicts only Sunday's game will be aired.