May 24, 2007
NATCHITOCHES, La. -
David Jeans, Erich Lehmann, and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (31-27) set and tied several records on Day 2 of the Southland Conference Baseball Championship Tournament as they pounded out 21 hits to break a tournament game record in an 11-3 route of the McNeese State Cowboys (21-35) Friday afternoon from Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, La.
Jeans, a senior from Center, Texas, was a perfect 5-for-5 from the plate, becoming the third player in SLC Tournament history to collect five hits and the first since 2001. Jeans nabbed his first hit in a marathon first inning in which the Lumberjacks scored seven runs off nine hits - one from each player in the lineup. SFA had 12 at-bats in the inning and all hits came with one out. Jared Pitts and Kevin Croft each had doubles in their turns at the plate. The seven runs scored in an inning tied a tournament game record.
With a 7-0 lead in the fourth, Steven Hill led off with a walk and moved to third on a double from Chris Smith before Pitts was issued a walk to load the bases, forcing a McNeese State pitching change. Kevin Crabtree was at the plate and sent the pitch over the left field wall for the first grand slam of his baseball career and the 11-0 lead.
The Cowboys put together a short rally in the bottom of the sixth, cutting SFA's lead to 11-3. McNeese State was then able to hold the Lumberjacks scoreless through the remainder of the game forcing a full nine innings of play.
In addition to Jeans' five hits, Smith and Zach Gardner each put down three hits. Crabtree led with four RBI. The home run was Crabtree's seventh of the year.
On the mound, Lumberjack starter Erich Lehmann pitched 5.2 innings, giving up three runs off eight hits. He struck out five as he earned his ninth win of the year, breaking a school record for wins in a season. He is 9-3 on the season.
The Lumberjacks will face Texas State Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.