Lumberjacks pound out 17 hits in win

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Lumberjacks exploded for a season high 17 hits, including three home runs in taking a 13-2 win over Houston Baptist in midweek action at Jaycees Field on Tuesday.

It is the seventh straight time the `Jacks (5-2) have beaten the Huskies (1-5) since 2008 and served as the highest scoring output for SFA this season. The 13 runs is the most SFA has scored in a game since a 13-2, seven-inning win over Nicholls on March 20, 2009.

All the offense made for a smooth day for SFA starter Justin Braddock, who moved to 2-0 on the year with five innings of one-run work. He finished with three strikeouts and no walks as the first of five Lumberjack pitchers that saw action on the day.

Tyler McCarty took the loss for Houston Baptist in his first career start, allowing six runs in just three innings.

Nine `Jacks finished the day with at least one hit, including Bobby Loveless' 4-for-5 day that saw him become the first SFA player to reach double figures in RBI. Garrett Smith finished 2-for-5 with a home run and a team-high five RBI, while Jarid Scarafiotti and Michael Haynes each added their first home runs of the season. Freshman Jordan Lewis also turned in a nice offensive day in his first career start, reaching base three times and scoring three runs with an RBI.

It did not take long for the scoring to begin for SFA as Scarafiotti opened it up with a two-run shot to left-center field in the bottom of the second for a quick 2-0 lead. Darren Crabtree added an RBI in the third before the Huskies finally answered with a run of their own in the top of the fourth.

But Ryan Priest extended his season-opening hit streak to seven games with a leadoff single in the fourth, jump starting a four-run inning that was highlighted by run-scoring doubles from both Jordan Lewis and Garrett Smith to break the game open at 7-1 after four frames.

Braddock then set the Huskies down in order in the fifth to shut down his day and the `Jacks added even more cushion in their half of the inning when Smith launched a three-run home run over the left-field fence with two outs and two on to give SFA a 10-1 advantage.

Scarafiotti just missed his second home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, crushing a double off the top of the fence in left-center field that scored Justin McAninch from second and pushing the lead to 10 runs. But Viron Hackney answered with a solo home run in the seventh off of Landon Kozeny for the final Husky run of the day.

The `Jacks then closed out their scoring with two more runs in the seventh, including a solo home run from Michael Haynes and an RBI single from Loveless.

SFA now goes on the road for 10 straight games, beginning Friday in Norman, Okla., when the `Jacks take on South Florida in the opening game of the Sooner Classic.