NACOGDOCHES, Texas – For the third straight game Southeastern Louisiana was able to take advantage of Lumberjack miscues as the Lions completed a three-game sweep of SFA on Sunday with nine unanswered runs behind five RBI from Justin Boudreaux for a 14-7 win on Senior Day at Jaycees Field.
It is the first time this season that SFA (32-17, 18-11 Southland) has been swept and extends SFA's losing skid to a season-high four games. Southeastern (39-14, 21-9 Southland) moves into a tie for first place with Texas State with just one weekend remaining in league play after the Bobcats fell for the second time to Nicholls on Sunday. The Lions own the tiebreaker with Texas State after taking two of three in Hammond.
The ‘Jacks were once again marred by their own mistakes as SFA pitchers hit six more Lion hitters after hitting five on Saturday, and walked another half dozen. Five of those free passes came in to score for Southeastern.
The Lumberjacks still managed 14 hits of their own with all but one starter picking up at least one hit on the day, led by Jarid Scarafiotti's 3-for-4 afternoon. Bo Coffman added three RBI as well; however, unlike the ‘Jacks, Lion pitchers did little to help out the SFA offense, issuing just one walk on the afternoon and hitting none. In all, Southeastern only walked five batters and hit none in three games compared to SFA's 19 walks and 13 hit batters in the series.
Justin Braddock was only able to manage 3.1 innings against the Lions, allowing five runs in his shortest outing of the year; but, it was Cory Ochs that took his first loss of the season with two runs allowed in 1.2 innings of work.
SFA got to freshman starter Jordan Hymel for Southeastern for all seven of its runs, but freshman righty Stefan Lopez entered in relief to get the final out of the fifth and allowed just two hits while striking out five in 4.1 innings of relief for his second win of the season.
Scarafiotti gave SFA an early 1-0 lead in the first with a two-out double off the wall in left field that scored Tanner Hines, and that held up until the Lions put three on the board in the third, highlighted by the first of two homers on the day for Justin Boudreaux.
Southeastern added two more in the fourth, chasing Braddock from the mound with four singles and a sacrifice bunt to start the inning. Jeff Harkense and Cody Gougler each had RBI hits in the inning before Ochs was able to get out of it.
Coffman drove in his first run of the day in the SFA half of the fourth with a two-out double that scored Bobby Loveless and one inning later SFA was able to explode for five runs and take its first and only lead of the day. The ‘Jacks sent 10 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four of its five runs with two outs. Garrett Smith and Scarafiotti each had RBI singles to bring the ‘Jacks to within a run and a wild pitch from Hymel gave SFA its first lead two batters later. Coffman then gave the ‘Jacks some cushion with a two-run single through the right side of the infield.
But the lead was short-lived as another RBI single and a bases-loaded walk tied it up for the Lions in the sixth.
Southeastern added two more in the seventh on Boudreaux's second homer of the day, and put it away with five more in the top of the ninth, capped by a grand slam by Joe Sparacino with two outs.
The Lumberjacks will next be in action on Thursday when they travel to Beaumont to take on Lamar at Vincent-Beck Stadium in the final regular-season series of the year.