Patriots Hold Back `Jacks
May 10, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Dallas Baptist scored seven unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings and withstood an eighth-inning SFA rally to hold on for an 8-7 midweek win over the Lumberjacks on Tuesday at Jaycees Field.
The loss is the fifth in a row for SFA (30-18) and the fourth in a row to the Patriots (33-15) dating back to 2008.
The Lumberjacks out-hit the Patriots on the day, 13-9, but SFA pitching issued seven walks, hit four batters and uncorked a pair of wild pitches to give the Patriots 13 free bases on the afternoon. Garrett Smith and Riley Huble each finished with three hits apiece, while Hunter Dozier finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and Bryson Myles smashed his team-leading seventh home run of the year.
Reid Landers took his second loss of the year, allowing five hits and five runs in 3.1 innings of work. Sophomore Will Lane saw his record go to 3-0 for the Patriots despite not striking out a single batter and allowing three runs on six hits in four innings of work. Chris Haney came on to toss the final 1.2 innings to earn his 10th save of the season.
Despite a three-run first inning, the `Jacks found themselves down 8-3 after five innings of play despite just two run-scoring hits for the Patriots. SFA managed to get a run back on a balk by Patriot reliever Patrick Hicks in the sixth, and used a two-run triple from Dozier and a two-out RBI single from Patrick Gratzke in the eighth inning to climb back to just an 8-7 deficit.
Smith followed Gratzke's single with a single of his own that advanced Gratzke, the potential tying run, to third base with two outs; however, when DBU catcher Duncan McAlpine's throw back to Haney following an 0-2 pitch to Max Lamantia got away on the infield, Gratzke broke for home and was thrown out at the plate by shortstop Joel Hutter on a close play that kept the Patriots out in front.
After Cody Priest and Alex Moshier managed to get the `Jacks out of a jam in the top of the ninth, the SFA offense mounted one last attempt to knot the game when Chris Hernandez's two-out single was followed by a walk to Huble to move the tying run into scoring position and put the winning run on base; but, Haney got Dozier to pop out to second base on a 1-1 pitch to end the game.
The Patriots had taken its first lead of the game with a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Behmanesh, but the inning could have been much worse after each of the first three DBU hitters reached base on a pair of walks and a hit by pitch. SFA used a double play and a fly ball to get out of the inning, and then quickly tied things up just one batter into the bottom of the inning when Myles launched a solo homer to left field to lead off the frame. Smith and Darren Crabtree followed that with consecutive singles , and after a sacrifice bunt from Jarid Scarafiotti, an RBI ground out from Jackson Hood and an RBI single from Huble gave SFA a 3-1 lead after one inning.
The teams traded zeros in both the second and third innings before the Patriots retook the lead in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Austin Elkins. Landon Anderson followed one batter later with an RBI groundout, and a wild pitch from Brett Higginbotham to Tyler Robbins scored the third run of the inning. After Higginbotham hit Jason Krizan with two away to load the bases, Landon Kozeny got a grounder from Behmanesh to hit a grounder toward second base, but it slipped under the glove of Michael Haynes and allowed the fourth and fifth Patriot runs of the inning to score.
DBU added two more in the fifth when a two-out walk to Haney was followed by an run-scoring triple from Elkins and an RBI infield hit from Anderson, giving the Patriots a commanding 8-3 advantage.
SFA will look to put an end to its five-game skid on Friday when they head to Hammond, La., to open up a three-game series with Southeastern Louisiana, who sits in fourth place in the SLC entering this weekend's play.