SFA Blasts Bears In Record Performance
March 13, 2010
CONWAY, Ark. - The Lumberjacks scored in each of the first eight innings of the game on Saturday and scored 13 unanswered runs on its way to a 20-12 romp over Central Arkansas in the second game of Southland Conference play at Bear Stadium.
The `Jacks (10-4, 2-0 Southland) set numerous school records on their way to their 10th victory of the season, marking the fastest the team has ever reached 10 wins in a season.
The 25 hits allowed tied the most the Bears (4-10, 0-2 Southland) had given up in their school history.
Crabtree was the biggest individual story of the night, however, as he finished 6-for-6 with eight RBI in becoming the first Lumberjack ever with six hits in a game. His fifth-inning grand slam added to his eight RBI tied that tied Jared Pitts' eight-RBI effort against Nicholls in 2007 as the most in the history of the school.
In all the `Jacks demolished the school record for single-game hits with 25 and tied the mark for the most runs scored in a game as well. Six `Jacks finished with multiple hits, including Bobby Loveless and Bo Coffman joining Crabtree with home runs.
Brett Rogers was the beneficiary of the run support and earned his second winof the season with 2.2 innings of relief of Jared West, who gave up six runs in just 1.1 innings of work. Evan Cox fell to 0-4 on the year for UCA, allowing eight runs in just 1.2 innings.
It did not look as though the game was going to go SFA's way after the Bears jumped out to a 7-2 lead after the first two innings. Loveless had given SFA an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first, but the Bears answered with three runs in the bottom of the first before West got a bases-loaded double play to quell any further damage.
Coffman cut it to 3-2 with a leadoff homer in the second, but UCA took advantage of a leadoff walk and followed with three hits that included a two-run home run from Jake Fuller off of Rogers and it looked as though the Bears were off an running.
However, SFA answered with four runs on five hits off of UCA starter Bobby Pritchett and Cox in relief in the top of the third to cut it to a run at 7-6. Smith and Tanner Hines started the rally with consecutive hits to lead off the inning before Crabtree brought them both in with a two-run single. Loveless then singled and both came home two hitters later when Ryan Priest reached on an error by Blake Roberts on a one-hopper off his glove that bounced away from him.
SFA then took the lead with three more runs in the fourth on an RBI single from Crabtree and a monster home run from Loveless than pushed the lead to 9-7. The `Jacks then built some distance from the Bears with six runs in the fifth as Michael Haynes, Smith and Hines each singled to start the frame and then Crabtree brought them all home with a grand slam on a 2-0 pitch from Cox. Coffman and Priest each added an RBI after Jeremy Brewer had come on in relief and by that time SFA had built a comfortable 15-7 cushion.
But the `Jacks were not done as Crabtree tied the RBI record with a double in the sixth, before Priest added his third RBI of the day with a double in the seventh. Crabtree then picked up the school's single-game hit record one inning later when he shot a one-out single through the left side for his sixth base knock of the game.
SFA will close out its series with the Bears on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with Justin Braddock slated to get the ball for the `Jacks. Sophomore righty Dustin Ward is the probable starter for the Bears.