SLU Takes Series Opener From SFA
May 4, 2012
HAMMOND, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in the final Southland conference road series opener Friday night at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
Chase Greening (4-5) saw his record fall below .500, being tagged with the lost after a six and one-third innings pitched performance. The Lufkin native allowed four runs, all earned, surrendering nine hits with two walks and one strikeout in the outing.
SFA (18-27, 11-14 SLC) was led at the plate with a two-for-four performance from Rene’ Moreda. The junior was the only Lumberjack with a multi-hit performance with two singles and a walk in the loss. The ‘Jacks saw single-hit performances from seven other players including doubles from Hunter Dozier, Jarid Scarafiotti, Bobby Loveless and Ricardo Sanchez.
SLU (32-15, 16-9 SLC) after sitting down the ‘Jacks in order to open the game, scored first to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. Jonathan Pace singled into right field with two outs to score Harry Slade from third base. Slade singled up the middle off of Greening to open the inning before advancing to third on groundouts from Ben Hernandez and Brock Hebert.
SFA would push one across their next time up to tie it up in the top of the second. Sanchez doubled down the right field line with two outs to plate Scarafiotti from third. The Shreveport native led off the top of the second with a double down the left field line off of Joseph Koon before advancing to third on a groundout to shortstop Ben Hernandez from Chris Hernandez.
In the bottom of the frame Chase Greening kept the Lions off the board retiring three of the four batters faced in the inning, picking up his only strikeout of the game.
Over the next two innings, the Lions would extend their lead, tacking on one run in both the third and fourth inning to stake themselves to a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the third recorded three hits to retake the lead 2-1 off of a double to the left center gap from Cody Gougler that plated Hebert. Ben Hernandez singled up the middle to open up the inning before advancing to second on a free pass to Hebert. Both Lions moved up a base one batter later following a sac bunt from Jonathan Pace before Hebert scored on the Gougler’s double. In the bottom of the fourth SLU tacked on another run with a homerun over the left field wall to Jacob Fisher on the second pitch of the inning.
The ‘Jacks would mirror the Lions over the fifth and six innings, scoring a run in each to retie the game. In the top of the fifth Bryce Cummings pulled SFA within one with a sac fly to center field to score Chris Hernandez from third. Hernandez reached base to open the frame and advanced to second after back-to-back wild pitches from Koon, before advancing to third on a sac bunt from Sanchez. The ‘Jacks would tie things up in the top of the sixth. Hernandez picked up his first and only hit of the game with a two-out single down the right field line to score Dozier from third. Following a groundout from Freddy Villalobos, Dozier doubled to the left center gap on the first pitch he saw from Jason Greenleaf, who came into pitch from SLU to open the frame, before advancing to third on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the seventh the Lions retook the lead 4-3 with doubles from Slade and Hebert. Slade doubled to right field, following a fly out from Alex Marse, to Chase Greening from the game. Justin Choate, who relieved Greening, was unable to stifle the Lion momentum surrendering a five pitch walk to Ben Hernandez in his first batter faced before surrendering double to Hebert one batter later. Both doubles were the only hit for either Lion in the game.
Alex Moshier would sit down SLU in order in the bottom of the eighth to keep SFA within one as the ‘Jacks would threaten one more time in the bottom of top of the ninth. Cummings started the ‘Jacks rally singling to right field to open the frame. Cody Priest, who pinch ran for Cummings, would advance to second following a first-pitch sac bunt from Zach Benson down the first base line. After Moreda singled to shortstop Ben Hernandez, Stefan Lopez would retire Villalobos and Dozier to end the game and pick up 18 save of the season.
The ‘Jacks will look to even the series Saturday afternoon when the Lions pit Andro Cutura against Cameron Gann. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.