SFA Offense Lifts `Jacks Over UCA in Series Finale
May 13, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team saw homers from Max Lamantia and Bobby Loveless to cap a 10-7 win and take the series over Central Arkansas Sunday afternoon in the conference series finale at Jaycees Field on Mother's Day.
Alex Moshier (5-0) picked up his fifth win in relief, tossing the final two and two-thirds innings. The Nederland native did not allow a base runner in eight batters faced.
SFA (21-30, 14-16 SLC) outhit UCA (23-26, 15-15 SLC) 12-11 in the finale. The `Jacks offense saw five different players finish with a pair of hits, highlighted by Lamantia and Loveless. The duo finished with seven of the ten SFA RBI in the game. Rory Myers and Freddy Villalobos each finished two-for-three, while Hunter Dozier went two-for-five.
After Colton Eubanks retired the side in the opening frame, the `Jacks capitalized on an RBI single from Loveless to take 1-0 advantage. With one out, Dozier extended his ongoing record for doubles in a single-season to 20 with a one-hopper to the wall in the right center gap. The Denton native advanced to third on a grounder to short the next batter, before coming in on Loveless' single through the left side. Eubanks fanned Forrestt Allday and Blake Marchal, before Ethan Harris lined out to center field. The strikeout to Allday was the first time in the series that he failed to reach base to open the game.
The Bears quickly responded with two runs of their own the next inning to go up 2-1. Eubanks retired his fourth consecutive batter for the first out of the inning, before allowing a base runner with a four-pitch free pass to Travis Snider. The Bears' catcher came around to score the following batter on Garrett Brown's triple the center field. UCA would tack on one more in the frame, as Brown would come in one batter later on groundout to the shortstop.
SFA would tie it 2-2, pushing one across in the bottom of the second off of Lamantia's single that plated Villalobos, before the Bears tagged Eubanks for three more runs to chase him from the game with one out in the top of the third. The Bears delivered five consecutive singles before the `Jacks turned the ball over to Justin Choate, who recorded the final two outs of the inning.
The `Jacks would score three runs off the UCA starter Ryan Angus, to retie the game 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth. Following a leadoff walk to Loveless, SFA delivered consecutive singles from Myers and Villalobos to load the bases with no outs. Two batters later Lamantia delivered Myers on a sac fly to right field, before Zach Benson emptied the bases on a single to right field.
After a silent fifth for both teams, UCA pushed one pushed one across on a triple from Logan Moon that plated Blake Roberts, before the `Jacks retook the lead 7-6 on Lamantia's two-run shot over the left center wall. Myers led off with a single up the middle of off Andy Steinmetz (4-3) before rounding the bases on Lamantia's third homerun of the season.
In the top of the seventh, the Bears used back-to-back singles and a sac bunt to put two runners in scoring position to cause SFA to turn the ball over to senior stopper Alex Moshier. The `Jacks would trade an out for a run, that tied the game 7-7, before retiring Brown to end the inning.
SFA would respond in the bottom of the frame, with a two-run shot from Loveless, to take a 9-7 advantage. With one out, Dozier singled to center field before eventually coming around on Loveless' sixth homerun of the season.
The `Jacks would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on Bryce Cummings' RBI single to right center, before Moshier retired the side to cap off the 10-7 win and take the series over the Bears.
SFA will close out the regular season with a three-game set versus Nicholls State at home beginning Thursday at 3:00 p.m.