Portland Hands SFA Second Straight Loss
Feb. 19, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas - Hunter Dozier had three hits, including a pair of homers, but the Lumberjacks gave up four runs in the first two innings and had to play catch up all afternoon in dropping a 10-5 decision to Portland on the final day of the Lamar Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Pilot (2-0) starter Chris Johnson earned his first win of the season with 5.1 innings of work, allowing all three SFA (0-2) runs on five hits with three punch outs. Colton Eubanks struck out five and walked just one before being lifted after 4.2 innings of his first career start, but was hampered by four of SFA's seven wild pitches on the day and three of his five hits allowed going for extra bases.
Turner Gill gave the `Jacks headaches all afternoon, finishing 4-for-5 with a four RBI and three of Portland's five extra-base hits on the day.
Meanwhile Dozier did his part at the plate for SFA, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of bombs to left field, making him the first Lumberjack to have a multi-homer game since Ryan Priest in February of 2010. Bobby Loveless also added a two-run homer and a single as the duo combined for five of SFA's nine hits.
It did not take long at all for the Pilots to strike, hitting a pair of solo homers in the first inning to take a quick 2-0 lead. Kris Kauppila picked up where he left off on Friday by knocking out the first pitch of the game to left field and two batters later Gill crushed a 2-1 pitch from Eubanks to give Johnson an early two-run cushion.
Portland added runs in each of the next two innings to build a 4-0 advantage before Loveless got SFA back into the game with a homer off the right-field foul pole. But SFA couldn't respond with the shutdown inning it needed, allowing a two-out single by Gill as the Pilots' first answer of the day and then a two-out double by Gill in the seventh to respond to Dozier's first homer of the day, a solo shot with one out in the sixth.
The Pilots then added two runs apiece in both the eighth and ninth innings to nullify Dozier's second bomb, a two-run shot in the eighth inning that trimmed the lead to just 8-5 at the time.
SFA will now look to get its first win of the season on Tuesday when it travels to nationally-ranked Texas A&M before opening up the home slate on Wednesday vs Grambling.