'Jacks Halt Skid Against Bears
April 5, 2008
CONWAY, Ark. - Zach Gardner hit his second home run of the season and Justin Roland knocked in three runs as the SFA baseball team held on to a 10-9 win over Central Arkansas at UCA Field on Saturday.
The `Jacks (12-16, 2-8) led the whole way to put to rest their five-game losing skid, but the Bears (13-18, 3-8) put up five runs in the bottom of the ninth before Erich Lehmann struck out Jonathan Yerby for the final out of the game with the tying run standing on second base.
Lance Luetge pitched seven innings to pick up his fourth win of the year, but opened up the eighth inning with back-to-back walks with SFA up 7-2 at the time, leading to a pair of UCA runs before Lehmann entered. Lehmann then went the final two innings to get the save, recording all of his six outs via strikeout
SFA got on the board first in the third on a RBI double by Kevin Crabtree and an RBI single by Noel Trevino, but UCA was able to bring in an unearned run of their own in the bottom half to make it 2-1 after three innings.
Gardner then pushed the lead back to two when he took Bears' starter Bobby Pritchett over the left-field fence for his second homer of the year in the fourth.
UCA got another back in the fifth, but the `Jacks got three straight singles in the top of the seventh from Jeff Brewer, Kai Kirby and Kevin Crabtree to load the bases and after a sacrifice fly from Sean Meyers it was Kevin Croft and Roland that had back-to-back two-out hits to drive in three more runs and push the lead to 7-2.
After the Bears got two runs in the eighth without recording a hit it was Roland that delivered a two-run single in the top of the ninth as SFA scored three runs in the frame for what would turn out to be important insurance runs.
Lehmann started the ninth and immediately walked the first two batters he faced with a 10-4 lead; however, after Scott Cline reached on an error he was able to strikeout pinch hitter Kent Taylor for the first out. Richey Irvin then hit an RBI single up the middle nad and three batters later it was Davis that hit a shot into the left-center field gap that had Gardner and Crabtree heading to the same spot and after the ball went off of Gardner's glove and fell to the ground, three runs had come across to score to pull UCA to within one. Lehmann, though, then settled in and struck out Yerby for the final out.
SFA finishes out the series with UCA on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start from UCA Field. The Bears have not named a starter while SFA is scheduled to throw freshman Jeremy Tamez.