Islanders Take Series Opener
May 16, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi right-hander Trevor Foss struck out eight in a complete-game effort of Stephen F. Austin in a 4-2 win by the Islanders in the series opener on Thursday afternoon at Jaycees Field.
The `Jacks (27-26, 14-11 SLC) managed only three hits on the day, and were not able to take advantage of the second complete game of the year from starter Chase Greening. The senior scattered nine hits on the day and allowed all four Islander (31-21, 16-9 SLC) runs - three earned - in his nine innings of work, striking out five with just one walk. His five strikeouts moved him into a tie with Tyler Herriage for eighth all-time at SFA, and past Herriage for third in single-season strikeouts.
Foss moved to 8-6 on the year with the win, and kept the Islanders within striking distance of league-leading Sam Houston State in the Southland Conference race. He walked just one and did not allow a run until Hunter Dozier's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
Max Lamantia, Rene' Moreda and Jackson Hood all had singles to account for the only Lumberjack hits of the day. Dozier finished the day 1-for-4, smashing his league-leading 17th home run of the season and extending his school-record steak to 43 consecutive games of reaching base safely.
The Islanders scored early, taking advantage of a leadoff single from Zach Taylor when he scored on an RBI fielder's choice from Eric Weiss. The `Jacks kept TAMUCC off the board for the next five frames before the Islanders pushed across three more runs of breathing room in the top of the sixth on RBI from Brad Porras and Brandon Tierney, and a Lumberjack error.
Meanwhile, Greening retired the final 10 hitters he faced in the game, but was matched by Foss, who retired nine in a row before hitting Moreda with a pitch to lead off the ninth. Two batters later Dozier tagged a pitch to left field to cut the lead in half at 4-2; however, Foss responded by getting each of the next two hitters to seal the win.
SFA will try to even the series on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against the Islanders behind right-hander Kyle Cross. He will be opposed by lefty Trevor Belicek.