SFA Closes Out Home Slate with Victory
May 14, 2006
NACOGDOCHES - Freshman pitcher Erich Lehmann pitched his second complete game in as many starts to help the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team record an 8-1 victory over Southeastern Louisiana at Jaycees Field Sunday afternoon. The victory closes out the 2006 home schedule and improves SFA to 12-41 (.226) on the season.
Lehmann gave up one run in the top of the first, but that would be as close to a victory as the Lions would get. Lehmann scattered 11 hits over nine innings and walked only one batter while striking out seven. He improved to 7-3 (.700) on the season.
SFA responded with a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game, but did most of its damage in the fourth and fifth innings. The 'Jacks scored three runs on three hits in the fourth to take a commanding 4-1 lead. The big hit came off the bat of sophomore Buck Britton who singled to left center with runners at first and second and only one out. Britton's hit scored junior Steven Hill to give the 'Jacks their first lead of the game, and SFA never looked back.
SFA added a run in the sixth to go up 7-1. Junior Chris Smith closed out the scoring in the home half of the seventh when he led off the inning with solo shot to left field. It marked Smith's second home run in as many days.
Nine different 'Jacks recorded a hit Sunday afternoon led by junior David Jean's 3-for-5 performance. Freeman, junior Chase Sadler and freshman Ryan Sinclair each finished the day with two hits. Both Hill and Smith recorded a hit, scored two runs and drove in a run.
The Lumberjacks close out the 2006 season with a three-game series in Huntsville, Texas against Sam Houston State. The first game of the series is slated to begin Thursday at 7 p.m.