`Jacks Complete Sweep Of Colonels
April 27, 2008
THIBODAUX, La. - SFA completed a three-game sweep of Nicholls State on Sunday, picking up a 7-1 win in Saturday's suspended game and a 10-7 win in the series finale.
SFA (17-25, 6-14) had to wake up early on Sunday for a 9:00 a.m. start time, then used a three-run eighth inning to finish off the sweep.
The teams only completed 1 ½ innings of play before the game was suspended on Saturday with neither team having scored. Overall, 15 hours and 21 minutes passed from the time Saturday's final pitch was thrown to Sunday's first pitch.
Lance Luetge went the distance in the first game, picking up the first complete game win for the `Jacks since he nearly no-hit Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on April 15, 2007. The win was his fifth of the season, as he picked up three strikeouts with no walks for the day.
The `Jacks scored all seven runs in the final two innings on eight of their 12 hits, marking only the second time they have come back to win when trailing after seven innings this season.
Game two saw SFA get out hit 16-11 by Nicholls, but the top three hitters in the SFA lineup - Noel Trevino, Kevin Crabtree and Sean Meyers - drove in six of the `Jacks 10 runs, including the go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth.
SFA used five pitchers in the game, but Richard Folmer picked up the win by coming on and going 2 2/3 innings, his fourth win of the sason.
Luetge and Nicholls State (7-37, 2-19) starter Bryan Meyers matched each other for the first five innings before the Colonels broke a scoreless game with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Patrick Thompson avoided a tag from Luetge on a squibbed ground ball toward first base to lead off the inning, and moved up to second base on a throwing error by the `Jacks starter. A sacrifice bunt moved Thompson to third and Brandt Boudreaux brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The `Jacks got that run back in the top of the eighth as Noel Trevino led off with a single through the middle and promptly picked up his seventh stolen base of the year with a swipe of second base. Kevin Crabtree then brought him home with a double to the left-center field wall, but he tried to stretch the hit into a triple and overslid third base to clear the bases with one out.
Then, after a fly out by Sean Meyers, the SFA went to work with two outs. Kevin Croft and Justin Roland each shot singles through the left side to get runners at second and third before Matt Whatley hit a line drive off the glove of Walt Jones in center field that went for an error to score both runners. Zach Gardner then plated Whatley one batter later with a double into the right-field corner that made the score 4-1, and finally forced Chip Durham to make a call to the Colonels' bullpen.
SFA got three more in the ninth to make it 7-1, getting an RBI double from Noel Trevino that scored Kai Kirby to start the inning. Meyers followed with an RBI single two batters later, and Justin Roland singled with two outs to score Kevin Crabtree with the game's final run.
Game two saw Nicholls get on top early on an RBI single from Boudreaux, but the `Jacks responded with three runs in their next at-bat to take the led 3-1 after two innings. Kevin Croft reached on a leadoff walk, and came around to score on a throwing error by Colonels' third baseman Anthony Wray on a bunt single by Justin Roland. Whatley followed that with an RBI double to left-center field to score Roland and came around to score on a two-out triple three batters later by Kirby.
The unearned run bug reappeared for the Lumberjacks in the second though as Brett Cook scored on a passed ball, and it was back again in the third. Shane Barksdale tied the game at three apiece when he scored a two-out run on a throwing error from Whatley who was trying to throw out Anthony Marino at second on a pitch that had caromed back to him from the backstop. SFA thought it was out of the inning though when Jordy Toups hit a routine ground ball to second base for what looked to be the final out of the inning; however, Trevino's throw sailed wide of the bag and all the way to the fence and let Anthony Wray score to make the score 4-3 on three consecutive unearned runs. Fortunately for SFA, Marino got greedy and tried to score on the play and was tagged out at the plate for the third out.
With rain looming in the distance, SFA used a three-run fifth inning to retake the lead with Meyers delivering the big hit of the frame. The Conroe, Texas, sophomore grounded a triple into a standing-water puddle down the first-base line that brought home the go-ahead runs after Trevino had knotted it up with an RBI double of his own two batters before.
Nicholls got three more unearned runs in the sixth to get the lead after an error on Trevino extended the inning with SFA still in front at the time; however, Shane Barksdale made the `Jacks pay for their miscues with a two-run double that tied the game at six apiece. Two batters later Corey Arceneaux went the other way with a single that scored Barksdale to put Nicholls ahead.
But the lead did not last long when Crabtree connected with his sixth home run of the season in the seventh, a solo shot to left field that took Erich Lehmann off the hook for the loss. Noel Trevino then added a two-run triple off of reliever Brett Hoeflich, scoring Brewer and Kirby who hit back-to-back singles on consecutive pitches with two outs. Trevino then scored with Crabtree at the plate on a wild pitch from Hoeflich to give SFA a 10-7 lead.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the ninth though, as Folmer loaded the bases with one out before Heath Konesheck came on to pick up his first save of the season by retiring the game's final two batters.
SFA continues play tomorrow with a 3:00 p.m. start time from Jaycees Field in the start of a two-game set with UT-Pan American.