`Jacks End Losing Streak With Win Over Colonels
April 25, 2008
THIBODAUX, La. - The Lumberjacks put the brakes on an eight-game losing skid on Friday night, picking up an 8-3 win over Nicholls State at Ray E. Didier Field.
Erik Gregersen went a career-best 7 2/3 innings in the start, allowing 15 hits on the evening but only one for extra bases. The two-run effort was good enough to pick up the win, the first of his career.
The Colonels (7-35, 2-17) actually out-hit the `Jacks (15, 25, 4-14) for the night by a 16-13 count, but Nicholls State left 13 runners on base for the evening as the `Jacks issued a
Lance Guidroz got the start for the Colonels and only lasted two innings, taking the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year.
Noel Trevino came up just shy of the cycle, getting a triple, double and single in his first three at-bats and finishing with three RBI. He was one of three Lumberjacks to record three hits on the night.
Trevino opened things up the right way with a leadoff triple in the first, and two batters later the `Jacks had the bases loaded with nobody out after a hit batter and a walk; however, Colonels' starter Lance Guidroz got Kevin Croft swinging one batter before Justin Roland grounded into a double play to end the inning with a goose egg on the board.
After a perfect first inning for Erik Gregersen, SFA gave him the lead with a four-run second inning. It started with Guidroz issuing a walk to Matt Whatley, who eventually scored three batters later on an RBI bunt single by Kai Kirby. Both Kirby and Jeff Brewer scored one batter later when Trevino picked up his second extra-base hit in as many innings with a first-pitch double off the left-center field wall. Sean Meyers drove him home two batters later with a first-pitch double of his own, this time to the right-center field gap.
Gregersen avoided some trouble in the fourth after the Colonels loaded the bases on a walk and back-to-back singles with only one out; but, the `Jacks starter got shortstop Zac Bone to ground to Brewer at shortstop for an unassisted double play that ended the inning.
The `Jacks, though, could not add on to the lead before Nicholls State finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Brandt Boudreaux.
The sixth inning saw SFA get the offense going again, using a walk from Whatley and a single from Brewer to get a pair of runners on base. A throwing error from moved the runners to second and third and Kirby was able to get the first of two runs in the inning across with a single to left field that scored Whatley. Trevino then gave SFA a 6-1 lead by picking up his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to score Brewer from third.
Kevin Crabtree got his first hit of the night with an RBI double that he chopped over the head of the Colonels' third baseman Anthony Wray down the left field line that advanced Brewer across home plate for the third time on the night. The `Jacks couldn't get any more home though as Kirby was stranded on third when Joe Hagerty got consecutive strikeouts of Meyers and Croft.
Nicholls finally drove Gregersen from the game in the eighth after they plated their second run of the night to make it 7-2 with two outs in the frame. It took the first extra-base hit of the game to do it though when Anthony Marino placed Gregersen's pitch in the left-field corner for a double to score Wray.
SFA added a final run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Kirby, his third hit on the night and his third run driven in when Whatley crossed home.
The `Jacks and Colonels continue their series on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. start time from Thibodaux.
SFA also announced a schedule change for next week today, splitting Tuesday's doubleheader with Texas-Pan American to a two-game series starting Monday. The first game will start at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, with the second game of the series at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.