Colton Eubanks struck out five in 5.1 innings of quality relief in the SLC Tournament title game.
May 28, 2011
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Texas State righty Joseph Dvorsky made his first career start a good one on Saturday, tossing a complete-game shutout in the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament in Texas State's 9-0 win over SFA at Bobcat Ballpark.
With the win Texas State (40-21) clinches the automatic berth into an NCAA regional to be announced on Monday, while the Lumberjacks (37-23) will await the selection committee's verdict as to if its season will continue or not. If SFA is left out of the tournament field, Saturday's game will have put a cap on the finest season in program history in a year where the `Jacks won a school-record 37 games and advanced to its first tournament title game.
The Bobcats accounted for seven of their runs in the first two innings to stake Dvorsky to a comfortable lead before Colton Eubanks stopped the bleeding with 5.1 innings of outstanding relief, setting down 13 in a row at one point and striking out five hitters one day after 2.2 innings of scoreless relief against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday.
Justin Braddock took the loss, allowing seven runs in just 1.1 innings, while Dvorsky went to 3-0 on the year on 108 pitches. He struck out five and did not issue a single walk in the game.
Jarid Scarafiotti finished 2-for-3 with a double, accounting for half of SFA's hit total on the night.
A an RBI single from Jeff McVaney and a three-run homer by Andrew Stumph in the first inning ended up being all of the run support that Dvorsky would need after the Bobcat catcher golfed a 2-0 pitch over the left-field fence to put the `Cats out in front early.
One inning later the Bobcats added three more scores on an RBI single from Bret Atwood, a bases-loaded walk to Kyle Kubitza and a balk. That staked the `Cats to a comfortable 7-0 edge and Dvorsky did not allow a base runner other than Scarafiotti until a leadoff single by Darren Crabtree in the seventh inning.
Eubanks did his part in the meantime, shutting down the `Cats from the second inning until the seventh when Kyle Kubitza snapped his string of 13 consecutive hitters retired with a jet-stream homer over the left-center field fence that increased the lead to 8-0. Cory Falvey added an RBI single to close out the scoring two batters later before the `Jacks brought in Cody Priest and Jason West to pitch the final 1.1 innings.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, both Bryson Myles and Scarafiotti were named to the all-tournament team. Bobcat first baseman Casey Kalenkosky was named the tournament MVP.