SFA Ends Losing Streak With Win Over Lions
May 15, 2011
HAMMOND, La. - For the second straight day the Lumberjack offense pounded out 15 hits against Southeastern Louisiana, but on Sunday SFA was able to convert that into an 8-5 win over the Lions, snapping a 5-5 tie with three runs in the top of the ninth to end a seven-game losing streak at Alumni Field.
Bryson Myles led the SFA (31-20, 18-12 SLC) attack with a 3-for-6 afternoon, breaking Steven Hill's 2007 single-season hits record at SFA with 89 in the process. The first six hitters in the SFA lineup each collected multi-hit games, going a collective 13-for-27 on the day.
The Lumberjacks handed Lion (34-19, 17-13 SLC) stopper Stefan Lopez just his second loss of the year after getting to him for three runs in the bottom of the ninth, with a one-out wild pitch scoring the go-ahead run. Jason West then pitched a scoreless ninth inning, with the help of solid defense from Michael Haynes and Hunter Dozier, to earn his eighth save of the season.
Zack Taylor ran his record t 5-2 on the year and pitched much better than his line showed, going eight strong innings, striking out four and walking just one while allowing five runs on eight hits. Only two of his runs came after a three-run first inning for Southeastern.
SFA now stands in sole possession once again of second place, one game ahead of Southeastern and Sam Houston, who dropped a 5-2 decision on Sunday at Central Arkansas.
The `Jacks gave Taylor an early 2-0 lead to work with after singles from Myles and Garrett Smith opened the game, and two batters later Jarid Scarafiotti delivered his first of two singles on the day with a line drive to right to get SFA on top 1-0. One batter later Chris Hernandez skied a sacrifice fly to center field to score Smith from third, giving the `Jacks a 2-0 advantage.
But the Lions answered quickly with three runs of their own in the first, putting each of the first three hitters on base, including an RBI double from Justin Boudreaux. A sacrifice fly from Jeff Harkensee followed, as did an RBI ground out from Josh Cryer to give the Lions a 3-2 lead after just one inning.
Both Taylor and Southeastern starter Josh Janway put zeros up in each of the next two innings before the `Jacks retook the lead in the top of the fourth. Singles from Bryce Cummings and Myles were sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt by Haynes, setting up Smith, who dropped a two-run double just inside the right-field line with one out to drive in two and put the `Jacks back out in front 4-3. But the lead was short-lived as the Lions used a one-out double from Brock Hebert in the bottom of the inning, and aggressive base running that saw him score on a routine ground ball from second base to tie the game 4-4.
Southeastern got the lead back two innings later on more aggressive base running, using a double steal with two outs and runners on the corners to get Cryer to swipe home with the go-ahead run. But the Lumberjacks used back-to-back, one-out doubles from Hernandez and Dozier in the top of the seventh off of reliever Jordan Hymel to even things back up at 5-5.
Taylor got then got SFA through both the seventh and eighth, while Lopez was doing the same for the Lions with two scoreless frames of his own; however, Jackson Hood got the Lumberjacks going in the ninth when he lead off with a single off the glove of Boudreaux at shortstop. Scarafiotti followed that with a single of his own, and after a sac bunt from Jordan Lewis and a intentional walk to Dozier, Lopez threw the first pitch to pinch hitter Darren Crabtree to the backstop, allowing Hood to score the go-ahead run from third.
Justin McAninch and Haynes each added insurance RBIs with a single and sacrifice fly later in the inning, which were both needed as West had to pitch out of trouble in the bottom of the ninth. The SFA stopper saw Gougler and Joe Sparacino each reach on a single and a walk, but a nice play by Haynes on a grounder from Brent Gautreaux got the first out of the inning and Cass Hargis followed that by lining into a double play to Dozier at shortstop to end the inning.
SFA now has just one week remaining in the regular season with a midweek clash against UTPA on the schedule for Tuesday before a three-game series with Lamar concludes the regular season. The Lumberjacks will honor its senior class on Senior Day on Saturday against the Cardinals.