Myles And Taylor Propel SFA To Title Game
May 28, 2011
Courtesy of Southland Conference media relations
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Stephen F. Austin outfielder Bryson Myles, the 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year, belted a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the second-seeded Lumberjacks to a 6-5 victory over No. 3 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the school's first appearance in the championship game of the conference tournament.
The Lumberjacks (37-22) built a 4-0 lead in the first two innings, only to see it evaporate in the fifth inning when, the Islanders took a 5-4 lead. The Islanders got a single, three doubles, a triple and a home run in the inning. A&M-Corpus Christi got a two-run homer to straight-away center field from Jacob Perales. Back-to-back double by Caleb Marx and Weston Montgomery yielded another run and a triple by Bobby Buckner tied the game. Jeramie Marek doubled to bring in Buckner for the lead.
Six of the Islanders' seven hits came in that inning. The other, a single by Marek, came with two outs in the seventh, but a ground out ended the inning.
Stephen F. Austin battled back to load the bases in the top of the sixth and got the tying run it needed. Roy Ferdin, who had come on in the fourth for the Islanders, got a ground out and a fly out to start the inning, but gave up back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners. A&M-Corpus Christi coach Scott Malone then went to the bullpen for Phillip Garcia, but he walked Michael Haynes to load the bases. Garcia hit Myles to plate the tying run.
Myles finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs. Riley Huble finished 2-for-4 and Jackson Hood was 2-for-5 as the trio accounted for six of the team's 11 hits. The last five batters in the order totaled seven hits.
SFA starter Zack Taylor pitched into the eighth, but didn't get the decision after handing the game over to Alex Moshier, who picked up the win in 1.2 scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit, but walked one and struck out another to stay perfect in three decisions.
The game was all Lumberjacks in the early going. Myles drew a walk to lead off the game, stole second and scored on a two-out single through the left side by Jarid Scarafiotti to put SFA on the board in the top of the first inning.
The Lumberjacks added three more runs in the second to go up 4-0. Hunter Dozier singled to open the frame and Huble followed with a home run to left field that just cleared the wall. Michael Haynes singled, but got to third on a throwing error by Islander starting pitcher Ian Campbell. Haynes scored on a ground out by Myles.
Tanner Green took the loss for the Islanders to fall to 2-1. The only hit he allowed in 1.2 innings was Myles' team-leading eighth home run of the season.
Stephen F. Austin awaits the winner of the Texas State vs. Nicholls game to play for the championship Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Southland Conference Television Network. The Bobcat and Nicholls play at 1 p.m.
A&M-Corpus Christi concludes its season with a 37-24 record, quite a turnaround for a program that won just 18 and 20 games each of the two previous seasons to make its second appearance in the conference tournament.