`Jacks Fall In Tournament Opener To Texas State
May 20, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Texas State cranked three home runs in the first five innings of Wednesday's game, taking a 9-2 win over SFA in the opening round of the Southland Conference Tournament at Whataburger Field.
The loss drops No. 8 SFA (23-31) into the elimination portion of the bracket to face the No. 5 UTA at noon on Thursday after the Mavs gave up four runs in the final two innings to fall 4-3 to Lamar in the Day One finale. Top-seeded Texas State will face the winner of the same matchup.
All-conference selection Erich Lehmann had a tough day against a powerful Texas State lineup, taking his first loss since March 28 against Texas State in regular season play. He only made it through 4.2 innings on Wednesday, allowing seven runs and 11 hits.
Newly christened SLC Pitcher of the Year Kane Holbooks got the win to run his record to 10-1 on the year, allowing just two runs on five hits in seven innings of work.
"Erich just did not have his best stuff tonight," SFA head coach Johnny Cardenas said. "His curve ball was not as sharp as it has been, and against a good lineup it is just a tough night not to have your best stuff."
The `Jacks jumped out early with a run in the second inning off of Holbrooks, taking advantage of a double by Bo Coffman and an RBI triple by Justin Long into the right-center field gap to take the early 1-0 lead.
But that lead only lasted until the third when Paul Goldschmidt kept a line shot fair down the left-field line for a three-run homer to put the Bobcats in front for the first time.
Ryan Priest led off the fourth with a single and scored on a wild pitch to get SFA back to within a run at 3-2, but Texas State got that run back on Keith Prestridge's first of two sacrifice flies in the bottom half of the frame.
The `Cats then added three more runs in the fifth on home runs from Lance Loftin and Tyler Sibley to get some breathing room, and added single runs in both the seventh and the eighth as well.
SFA is scheduled to throw Jared West in Thursday's elimination game. The `Jacks took all four games against UTA this season.
"We just have to come out and play well tomorrow and see what happens," Cardenas said.