NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Lumberjack baseball team scored seven runs in its final two at-bats to break open a 3-2 game, and got six strong innings from starter Justin Braddock in winning its second consecutive game, 10-2, over Centenary at Jaycees Field.
Every Lumberjack (7-5) starter had at least one hit or an RBI against the Gents (2-3) in the final weekend series of the season before Southland Conference play begins next week. Darren Crabtree followed yesterday's five-hit performance with a 3-for-5 day, while Bryson Myles and Garrett Smith had two hits and an RBI apiece as part of a 14-hit SFA attack.
Meanwhile, Braddock needed just 78 pitches to get through six innings for his second win of the season. The senior righty fanned two and did not walk a batter in scattering three hits and allowing just a single run. Brad Oates, Chase Wier and Landon Kozeny then came on to toss an inning apiece to close out the second game this season SFA pitching has went without issuing a free pass.
Seth Lugo took the loss just two days after earning the save in Centenary's win on Friday, despite putting together a quality start, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings with no walks and four punchouts.
The Gents jumped out on top with a run in the first on a sacrifice fly from Jeff Schaffert, but SFA was quick to answer when Crabtree drove in Myles with a double to left before coming in to score on a single by Jackson Hood two batters later. Hunter Dozier put the ‘Jacks up 3-1 with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, but that was the last run SFA would muster until the seventh.
SFA broke out for five runs in the seventh frame against a pair of Centenary hurlers, and loaded the bases after just three hitters on singles from Bryce Cummings and Myles, and a Centenary error. Smith and Crabtree followed with consecutive RBI singles and another run came across on a fielder's choice to give SFA a 6-2 advantage. Max Lamantia then hammered his second triple in as many games off the center field fence to plate two more and push the lead to 8-2.
Myles and Gratzke added RBI hits in the eighth to round out the scoring before Kozeny came on to toss a scoreless ninth to close it out.
SFA is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Houston Baptist at 3:00 p.m. at Jaycees Field before taking on Central Arkansas on Friday to open up Southland Conference play.