Dozier Sets Doubles Mark As SFA Takes Down UCA
May 11, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Hunter Dozier had three hits, including a pair of doubles, to set a new single-season doubles record at Stephen F. Austin and the Lumberjacks shut out the Central Arkansas offense for the final seven innings to take a 4-2 win in the series opener on Friday at Jaycees Field.
Chase Greening continued his string of steady performances, upping his record to 5-5 and giving SFA (20-29, 13-15 SLC) seven strong innings, allowing just a run apiece in each of the first two innings before putting up five straight zeros to close out his day. He struck out a pair and allowed five hits before Justin Choate and Alex Moshier tossed consecutive perfect innings of relief with Moshier nailing down his eighth save of the season.
Dozier was joined by Freddy Villalobos with three-hit days as part of a 12-hit attack by the SFA offense. Still, it was his leadoff double in the third that sparked a three-run inning and tied him with four other Lumberjacks for the single-season doubles record before an RBI double to right-center in the bottom of the sixth gave him sole possession of the mark.
Meanwhile, UCA (23-24, 14-14 SLC) suffered its seventh consecutive loss to the `Jacks dating back through the 2010 season, despite a complete-game effort from lefty starter Jeffery Enloe who fell to 5-6. He struck out eight hitters, but allowed four earned runs and walked three, giving up five of SFA's 12 hits in the three-run third frame.
SFA had to play from behind on Friday after UCA picked up a run in each of their first two at-bats off of Greening. Leadoff man Forrestt Allday set things up in the first, shooting an 0-2 pitch to left field for a leadoff double to open the game and scored two batters later on a routine grounder to second base by Bryan Willson. An inning later Blake Marchal bounced a single through the left side of the SFA infield to give the Bears a 2-0 advantage, bringing home Garrett Brown who had reached on a one-out walk and moved to third on a bloop single by Griffin Glaude.
The `Jacks put together a threat in the bottom half of the second, loading the bases with just one out on a pair of singles from Chris Hernandez and Villalobos and a walk to Bryce Cummings, but Enloe worked out of it with just six pitches, striking out both Ricardo Sanchez and Rene' Moreda to leave the sacks loaded.
But an inning later Enloe was not as fortunate as the `Jacks got to him for three runs to go ahead 3-2. Dozier started it with a leadoff double and scored one batter later on a line-drive single by Scarafiotti. Bobby Loveless followed with a single of his own and Hernandez knotted it at 2-2 with a grounder to second. Villalobos then followed by taking the first pitch he saw into shallow left-center field to score Loveless and put the `Jacks out in front.
Greening responded by setting down nine of the next 10 Bears he faced over the next three innings and was rewarded with an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Dozier shot a 2-0 pitch deep into the right-center field gap to score Cummings who had reached on an infield single to leadoff the inning.
The Bears put a pair of runners on base in the seventh, but couldn't cash in on the opportunity, which would prove to be their final scoring threat of the day. Choate came in and set UCA down in order in the eighth before Mosher tossed an easy ninth, ending in his 100th strikeout of his career to pick up his eighth save of the year.
SFA will go for a win in the second game of the series on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. behind Cameron Gann.