Brad Oates struck out four in earning his first win as a starter on Friday at Lamar.
May 21, 2010
BEAUMONT, Texas - Brad Oates allowed just two runs in six innings of work and the `Jacks jumped on Lamar starter Jonathan Dziedzic for five runs in the first two innings on its way to a 10-6 win over the Cardinals, tying the school record for wins in a season and clinching SFA's first ever series win over Lamar.
SFA (34-17, 20-11 Southland) remained in fourth place in the league after Friday, winning its 20th league game for the first time in school history behind 14 hits on the night. Lamar (30-24, 15-17 Southland) once again left double-digit baserunners on, stranding a dozen despite having 12 hits against SFA pitching.
The win gives SFA its first-ever series victory over Lamar in a rivalry that spans 53 games, and also ties the 1984 SFA squad with 34 wins on the year for the most ever by a Lumberjack team.
All but one Lumberjack hitter finished with at least one hit on the night, including Riley Huble's 3-for-4 night with two RBI to lead the way. Justin Long hit what proved to be a crucial pinch-hit, three-run homer in the top of the seventh for his second long ball in as many nights. Tanner Hines also swiped his 20th bag of the year, giving him 37 for his career, which ties Zach Gardner for the all-time record at the school.
Oates needed just 92 pitches to navigate a season-high six innings in earning his first win as a starter, running his record to 3-2 on the year with four strikeouts and no walks on the night. He scattered just six hits on the night as well, five of which came in the first two innings.
Dziedzic took the loss for Lamar, falling to 4-5 on the year, allowing eight runs in six innings with eight strikeouts.
SFA jumped all over Dziedzic early on with five runs in the first two innings against the freshman with four of the first five Lumberjack hitters reached base to start the game. Huble delivered a one-out two-bagger that got SFA on the board first with two runs and Bo Coffman added an RBI ground out to give the `Jacks an early 3-0 lead.
After the Cardinals went scoreless in their half of the first, SFA struck again for two more runs in the second on a sacrifice fly from Bobby Loveless and a double into the left-center field gap from Jarid Scarafiotti to push the advantage to 5-0.
Anthony Moore got to Oates in the Lamar half of the second with a two-run double, but Oates went on to retire 15 of the next 18 hitters he faced and never faced a real jam in the remainder of his night.
Meanwhile, Dziedzic had settled down as well until the top of the seventh when consecutive singles from Huble and Coffman drove him from the game. Long then entered to pinch hit against the new pitcher Blake Ford and deposited the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence for a three-run homer to give the `Jacks a comfortable 9-2 cushion.
That proved large as Lamar loaded the bases in the seventh against reliever Jared West, but were only able to muster a bases-loaded walk from Wade Mathis to trim the lead to six. Zack Taylor then entered to pitch the eighth, but loaded the bases as well and gave up an RBI single to Kevin Roebuck before giving way to Cory Ochs. The sophomore managed to minimize the damage as well, allowing just two runs to cross while getting three of the four hitters he faced to keep SFA out in front 9-6.
The `Jacks added an insurance run in the ninth on a pair of miscues by the Cardinals, and that was more than enough for closer Jason West who came in and pitched around a pair of walks to throw a scoreless ninth and secure the win.
SFA will close out the regular season against the Cardinals on Saturday with Justin Braddock schedule to go for the `Jacks against Eric Harrington for Lamar. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.