SFA Drops Series Finale To Bobcats
March 18, 2012
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Lumberjack offense racked up 12 hits on the day, but left 11 runners stranded as the No. 20 Texas State Bobcats clinched their second straight Southland Conference series win with a 12-8 win over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at Bobcat Ballpark.
SFA (7-12, 2-4 SLC) scored in four innings on the day, but Texas State (13-6, 4-2 SLC) managed three innings of its own with at least three runs and managed to keep the Lumberjacks off the scoreboard in each of the final two innings after a four-run seventh inning put them ahead for good.
Cody Priest was tagged with his third loss of the season, being charged with a pair of runs in the deciding seventh frame after tossing three scoreless innings of relief prior to that in relief of starter Chase Greening. Ross Goebel picked up his first win of the year with 1.2 scoreless innings of work after starter Louis Head and reliever Austen Williams allowed eight SFA runs.
Jarid Scarafiotti paced the SFA offensive attack with three singles, including a two-run single that scored the first two Lumberjack runs. Hunter Dozier and Max Lamantia each added two hits apiece as well, with Dozier cranking his league-leading sixth home run in the top of the fourth.
SFA got on the board quickly, using a pair of walks from Head and a double from Dozier to load the bases for Scarafiotti, who shot a single back up the middle with two down to plate a pair and put the `Jacks up 2-0.
Greening did not allow a hit in each of his first two innings before the Bobcats exploded for five runs in third. Texas State cashed in on all of its five hits and sent 10 hitters to the plate in the inning to stake itself to a 5-2 lead.
Dozier trimmed the lead to just one when he deposited a 2-0 pitch from Head over the left-field fence for a two-run homer in the top of the fourth; however, Jeff McVaney answered with a three-run bomb of his own in the bottom half of the frame to Chase Greening from the hill and put the `Cats ahead 8-4.
SFA got back two of those runs in the fifth when Lamantia's second double of the day and a single from Scarafiotti got things started. Freddy Villalobos then plated Lamantia from third with a hard grounder off of the shortstop's mitt, followed by a sacrifice fly from Bobby Loveless to cut the lead in half.
Priest kept the `Cats off the board in both the fifth and sixth innings before the Lumberjacks managed to knot it up with two more runs in the top of the seventh. SFA loaded the bases with just one out when Fola Lajide beat out an infield single before Chris Hernandez delivered a pinch-hit RBI single one batter later. Bryce Cummings then tied it up at 8-8 with a sacrifice fly that scored Loveless from third base.
But the tie score was short lived as the Bobcats got a pair of one-out singles from Nick Smelser and Garrett Mattlage, and after Brooks Orton loaded the bases with a walk, leadoff man Tyler Sibley put Texas State ahead for good with a two-run double off the left-center field wall. Ben McElroy and McVaney each added insurance RBI of their own, which was more than enough for what was left of the Bobcat bullpen, who allowed just one base runner in the final two innings.
The Lumberjacks will have a shot at another nationally-ranked team on Tuesday when it takes on Texas at Disch-Faulk Field in Austin. Junior Brett Higginbotham is scheduled to start for SFA.