'Jacks Fall To Lions In Series Finale
May 6, 2012
HAMMOND, La. - The Lumberjacks committed three errors in the ninth inning to aid a Southeastern Louisiana rally, one that saw the Lions push across a pair of runs in their last at-bat to escape with a 12-11 win in the series finale on Sunday at Pat Kennelly Diamond.
The `Jacks (19-28, 12-15 SLC) were just three outs from their first series win in Hammond in nearly three decades, but did not help themselves after Bobby Loveless gave them a one-run lead with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning. Southeastern (33-16, 17-10 SLC) did not record a hit in their final trip to the plate, putting each of their first three hitters on base as a trio of consecutive Lumberjack miscues and tying the game on a throwing error on an attempted sacrifice bunt. One batter later, Alex Morse gave them the walk-off win with a sacrifice fly to left field.
It spoiled SFA's best offensive output of the year with the `Jacks pushing across at least 10 runs for just the second time on the season. SFA had built a 9-3 lead on the strength of a seven-run top of the third, but the Lions responded with a seven-run sixth to take a 10-9 lead before the `Jacks tied it up on an RBI double by Jordon Lenaburg and then went ahead again on Loveless' RBI hit an inning later.
Justin Choate was the tough-luck loser, falling to 0-5 on the year despite not allowing an earned run. In all, SFA sent six pitchers to the mound while the Lions threw five arms of their own. Steffan Lopez walked away with the win despite being on the hook for the loss after allowing the go-ahead run.
Loveless led all hitters with a 4-for-4 day, tying a career high with his four hits while also driving in three runs. Hunter Dozier scored three times and had a pair of hits, while Max Lamantia reached base three times and had a pair of hits. Chris Hernandez finished 1-for-5, but made his hit count with a two-run homer to cap SFA's seven-run third.
The `Jacks will next take on nationally-ranked Rice on Tuesday in Houston before returning home for its final two series of the year, beginning Friday against Central Arkansas.