SFA Takes Series From UTA
May 9, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - Stephen F. Austin pounded out 18 hits to help get Justin Braddock his first win in over a month as the Lumberjacks knocked off UT-Arlington, 11-6, to stay in second place in the Southland Conference on Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The `Jacks (32-13, 18-8 Southland) improved to 17-4 in true road games with the win, with eight of the nine starters in the lineup had at least one hit and one RBI. Jordan Lewis and Michael Haynes combined to reach base in eight of 10 plate appearances, while leadoff man Garrett Smith finished 4-for-6 with four singles and a team-high three RBI.
Justin Braddock earned his first win since an April 3rd win over Texas State with 6.1 innings of work to run his record to 5-3, striking out four and walking just one while allowing just three runs. Cory Ochs picked up his second save of the season with three strikeouts in the final 2.2 innings of the game.
Logan Bawcom took the tough loss for UTA (25-24, 17-10 Southland) as his 6.2 innings marked the first time in seven starts that he had not pitched at least seven innings. He struck out seven and allowed just one walk, but was forced to throw 135 pitches in his time on the mound.
Both teams managed to get on the board in the second inning with Smith delivering a one-out RBI single for SFA and Steffan Guest did the same in the UTA half. The Mavs then jumped out in front one inning later with a pair of runs for a 3-1 lead, using a Jordan Vaughn double and a Michael Choice single to get out in front.
Smith rolled a single through the left side of the infield to cut the lead to 3-2 with two outs in the fourth, and Darren Crabtree tied it up with his eighth homer of the year in the top of the sixth off of Bawcom, a solo homer to lead off the inning.
Meanwhile, Braddock managed to keep the Mavs off the board until the `Jacks were able to get him the lead in the top of the seventh. Haynes started it off by being hit by a Bawcom full-count pitch and after Smith moved him over, Tanner Hines drove him in with a hard grounder up the middle for the RBI, giving SFA a 4-3 advantage.
The Mavs threatened to tie the game in its half of the seventh, but after intentionally walking the all-American Choice with the tying run on third, Ochs coaxed a routine fly ball from Preston Beck to left field to get SFA out of the inning.
SFA then went in search of some insurance in the eighth, and instead came back with seven runs on seven singles. The `Jacks sent 12 hitters to the plate in the inning and connected on five straight singles at one point in the frame, with all but one driving in runs. The Mavs went through three pitchers in the inning, but the damage was already done and the `Jacks took a comfortable 11-3 lead into the ninth.
UTA added three runs in the final inning on a long three-run homer from Choice, but Ochs followed that by striking out Beck looking to pick up his second multi-inning save of the season.
The `Jacks will next wrap up its midweek schedule for this season when they travel back to the Metroplex for a Tuesday battle with Dallas Baptist. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Dallas.