Hines, Gardner Set Records As Cards Take Finale
May 16, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Tanner Hines and Zach Gardner each set a record on Saturday, but Lamar scored 13 runs in the first three innings to cruise to a 16-4 win in seven innings and spoil Senior Day for the `Jacks on Saturday at Jaycees Field.
Tanner Hines bunted for a single to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning to extend his hit streak to 19 consecutive games and break Steven Hill's school record of 18 games that was set in 2007. Zach Gardner also moved to the top of another list at SFA with a ninth inning RBI double, his 18th two-bagger of the season. The 18 doubles ties Kevin Crabtree's single-season record from 2008, and also tied Blake Boydston for the all-time record at SFA with 36.
The `Jacks (23-30, 14-18 SLC) honored 12 seniors before the game, and put six of them in the starting lineup and one on the mound; however, Lamar (36-20, 20-13 SLC) came out swinging and got to SFA starter Jared Schrom for seven runs in the first inning, capped by a three-run home run from catcher Ryan Saldivar.
Lamar added two more runs in the second and four more in the third before SFA got a two-run home run from Sean Meyers in the fourth to finally get on the scoreboard. The Cards finished with 14 hits off of six Lumberjack pitchers, with 12 of their 14 hits coming from the 1-5 hitters in the order. Quentin Luquette led the Lamar offense with a 4-for-5 afternoon, scoring four runs and including a home run.
Brett Rogers, Alex Moshier and Travis Harrelson each pitched scoreless innings for SFA, with Rogers getting five straight fly outs in his 1.2 innings of work. Moshier and Harrelson combined to allow just one baserunner in the sixth and seventh frames.
Schrom took the loss for SFA to fall to 1-2 on the year, while James Brandhorst allowed just three runs in 5.0 innings to move to 3-0 for the season.
Gardner and Trent Blanchard were the only `Jacks to finish with multiple hits, with Gardner getting RBIs in each of his final two at-bats at Jaycees Field. Meyers finished 1-for-2 with a two-run homer that has his average at .404 heading in to postseason play. He is attempting to become only the second-ever Lumberjack, and first since 1984 to hit .400 for an entire season.
Nineteen Lumberjacks saw the field on Saturday in a game that would not affect the team's seeding in the upcoming Southland Conference Tournament regardless of a win or a loss. SFA will enter the SLC Tournament that begins Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. as the No. 8 overall seed, facing off with SLC regular season champion Texas State in the first round. Lamar and UTA will make up the other half of that side of the bracket as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds in the double-elimination tournament.