Aggies Squeak By `Jacks
March 3, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Lumberjack baseball team loaded the bases in both the eighth and ninth innings against the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies, but could not convert as the Aggies squeaked out a 2-1 win at Olsen Field on Tuesday.
SFA ended up leaving 11 runners on base for the evening after hitting only 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Ryan Priest was the hard-luck loser for SFA (3-5), despite going 6.2 innings in his second start of the year. He allowed only two runs with three strikeouts and only a single walk.
Clayton Ehlert fanned a career-best nine hitters to help get his first win of the year, while Travis Starling saved his third game of the year for the Aggies (8-2).
The `Jacks turned three double plays on the evening, the most since turning three against Dallas Baptist on April 22, 2008. The game was also the first time all season that SFA went without committing a fielding error.
Priest looked solid early on, tossing five scoreless innings to open the game including a four-pitch third and fourth frames.
Sean Meyers put the `Jacks in front 1-0 in the SFA half of the fourth inning, taking the first pitch he saw from Ehlert over the right-field fence for his first home run of the year. With the hit, Meyers extended his hit streak to 11 games dating back to the end of 2008 having hit in every game so far in 2009.
The Aggies kept firing though, getting seven hits through the first five frames; however, the `Jacks responded with three double plays to quell each rally. One of those double plays came in spectacular fashion in the fifth when Gabriel Garcia-Serrano made a diving play to snag a check-swing pop fly off the bat of Kyle Colligan in shallow right field. Garcia-Serrano then managed to get to his feet and fire to first, doubling off Joe Patterson.
One inning later Texas A&M found a way to finally crack the scoring column as Brodie Greene led off with a monster solo home run that cleared the Olsen Field scoreboard in left-center field. Priest then walked Brooks Raley, who then stole second and came around to score the go-ahead run with two outs on a double down the right-field line by Brent Parsons.
After Priest and Chris Court got the `Jacks through the seventh, SFA went back to work trying to knot the score in the top of the eighth against Aggie relievers Hank Robertson and Estevan Uriegas. The `Jacks loaded the bases with one out after Meyers' singled to right field off of Uriegas, but the Aggies then turned to their stopper Travis Starling who promptly struck out Joe Staley and Justin Long swinging to keep Texas A&M up a run.
Richard Folmer then worked a scoreless eighth inning before SFA made a threat in the ninth. Starling got the first two `Jacks out before loading the bases. But Bo Coffman mashed a line drive right at Colligan in center field to end the game.
Wednesday's game between the `Jacks and Aggies is scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. start with sophomore Jared West making his first start of the season for SFA. The Aggies will throw true freshman left-hander Ross Hales in the series finale.