Lions Take Two From SFA
May 14, 2011
HAMMOND, La. - Josh Cryer hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Southeastern Louisiana a 5-4 win in the resumption o f Friday's series opener, and the Lions scored nine runs on 15 hits in a 9-4 win in the nightcap to clinch its sixth consecutive series win over SFA on Saturday at Alumni Field.
The losses were the sixth and seventh in a row overall on the year for SFA (30-20, 17-12 SLC), as well as the seventh straight loss to Southeastern (34-18, 17-12 SLC) dating back to 2009. Now, the Lumberjacks find themselves in a three-way tie for second place in the SLC race, tied up with Southeastern and Sam Houston, just one game ahead of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Game 1 In the first game of the day the Lions were able to take advantage of four walks from SFA reliever Fabian Arcizo, who entered the game to open the 10th and took the loss after Cryer's hit off of Cody Priest. Tyler Watkins got his eighth win of the year with two perfect innings of scoreless relief before going another 5.2 innings in starting game two as well.
The game was concluded Saturday afternoon after being suspended due to inclement weather and lightning in the Hammond area that crept in toward the end of Friday's game.
In an atypical battle of Friday night starters, neither starter was able to make it past the fifth inning, with SFA's Jared West walking four and hitting two more in just 1.2 innings for the Lumberjacks. SLU's Brandon Efferson actually had a no-hitter going through 4.2 innings before control issues finally got the best of him as he exited the game after allowing just one bloop single, but three runs on seven walks, three wild pitches and a hit batter.
Instead, it turned out to be a battle of bullpens with SFA's combination of Brad Oates and Jason West helping get the `Jacks into extra frames, while SLU's freshman right-hander Jason Greenleaf allowed just one run in 4.1 innings of relief to stop the fifth-inning bleeding for the Lions.
Southeastern did not take long to take a 2-0 lead after just one inning of play, using two RBI singles from Justin Boudreaux and Cass Hargis to get on the board and take advantage of a pair of walks from West. One inning later the Lions chased West from the bump, loading the bases with two outs in the inning despite not picking up a hit, but Oates came in to relieve West and got slugger Jeff Harkenesee to pop out to end the threat.
Oates went on to retire each of the first 10 hitters he faced, and in the meantime, the Lumberjack offense finally was able to break through against the wildly effective Efferson in the top of the fifth inning. Efferson alternated strikeouts of Hunter Dozier and Michael Haynes around walks to Bryce Cummings and Bryson Myles to put a pair of runners on with two outs in the inning, and finally gave up not only his first run of the day, but his early no-hit bid when Garrett Smith's 1-0 check swing landed safely in center field for an RBI single. Darren Crabtree followed that with a walk of his own to load the bases once again, and the `Jacks knotted it up just three pitches later when Myles slid in safely under the tag at the plate on a wild pitch from Efferson. It then only took three more pitches for Efferson to uncork another one to the backstop that allowed Smith to score from third and give SFA a 3-2 lead.
SFA held on to that lead into the sixth, when the Lions got some help from the `Jacks to re-take the lead. Hargis got the rally started by reaching on just the third hit of the night for the Lions with an infield single. A two-out error from Oates and a walk to Joe Sparacino ended Oates' night, but reliever Alex Moshier struggled with his command out of the pen, walking the first hitter he faced and hitting the next to force in the tying run before a wild pitch to Brock Hebert allowed Sparacino to score from third and put SLU back out in front, 4-3 going to the top of the seventh.
But SFA wasted little time in evening the score with Smith getting it started with a two-out single off of Greenleaf. Then, after a walk to Darren Crabtree moved Smith into scoring position, Jarid Scarafiotti lined a single to left field that scored Smith for the second time on the night and tied things up at four apiece.
Each team mounted a threat in the final two innings, but none more threatening than the Lions in the ninth when Pace walked to open the inning and was bunted to second base for the heart of the Lion order; however, after an intentional walk to Harkensee, Jason West got Josh Cryer to hit a fly ball to right field with the runner's in motion and Jackson Hood's throw to second base was in time to double off pinch runner Trey Martin at second base to end the ninth.
In the second game of the day the Lumberjack bats produced 15 hits, but stranded 11 runners and went just 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position, despite getting at least one hit from eight of nine hitters in the lineup. Bryson Myles hit safely in each of his final four at-bats of the day, including a pair of doubles, while four other SFA hitters finished with multi-hit games of their own.
Watkins allowed four runs on four hits with four strikeouts and just one walk in 5.2 innings to earn his second win of the day and ninth of the year, while Justin Braddock saw his record fall to 3-2 after allowing four runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings. SLU's Dylan Hill's earned his first save of the year with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
For the second straight game SLU broke through with two runs in the first inning, pushing across two runs on bases-loaded walks to both Brock Hebert and Cody Gougler; however, the Lumberjacks had an immediate response in the second inning when a double from Hunter Dozier and a single from Chris Hernandez pushed across the first SFA run. Two batters later Michael Haynes delivered an RBI double to right-center, and Haynes came in to score one batter later himself when a throw from Josh Cryer on a bunt single from Myles went awry to give SFA a 3-2 lead in the middle of the second.
But that was the last lead of the day for SFA as the Lions drove Braddock from the mound in the second inning on a bases-loaded double from Justin Boudreaux that scored a pair of runs. Tyler Herriage came on to make his first SFA relief appearance of his career, and allowed just two unearned runs in 3.2 innings with those coming in the fourth inning when an SFA error extended an inning and allowed RBI to come in off the bats of Cryer and Brock Hebert to build the lead to 6-3.
A solo homer from Hernandez off of Watkins to lead off the sixth inning trimmed the lead to 6-4, but that was as close as SFA could get it. The Lions added three more runs in their final two at-bats, including a two-run single from Jonathan Pace in the bottom of the 7th for his fifth hit of the game that increased the lead to 8-4. Cass Hargis added another insurance run in the 8th on a ground out, which was more than enough for Hills to shut the door in the ninth when he retired the side in order.
The Lumberjacks will look to end its slide on Sunday when it takes on Southeastern at 1:00 p.m. Zack Taylor will get the ball for the `Jacks against Southeastern right-hander Josh Janway.