Pair of former Lufkin Panthers set SFA record

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - As Chase Greening plays his final season at SFA, It's hard not to notice his successful playing career.

Last week, Greening set a school record of 17 strikeouts in one game.

"You come across those nights every now and again when all your pitches are working, you have command of everything, you're just hitting your spots all night and everything works out for the best," said Greening.

Greening, a former Lufkin Panther, was able to do it with his close friend, roommate and former Panther, catcher Zach Marberry.

Greening and Marberry were part of the baseball team that took Lufkin to the 5A Texas baseball title game in 2009.

"He's always been a really solid pitcher. That wasn't a big surprise to me that he was able to do that. He has good stuff and always has," said Marberry.

Fans will point to Greening for the accomplishment, but he says having Marberry behind the plate helped make it happen.

"It's definitely an advantage of us knowing each other so well. Pretty much every accomplishment I have achieved on the field is with him behind the dish," said Greening.

"I know what he's thinking, every time he goes out there. He really trusts me," said Marberry.

Making the move from Panther purple to Lumberjack purple was not what these two expected but they admit it has been nice.

"We've always wanted to get away from Lufkin but SFA is close, and it works out for the best for us. Our family comes here and gets to be with us every game," said Greening.

"It's real nice. Your family gets to come out and see you play. It's really a great thing for our families to come out and watch you play," said Marberry.

With only a handful of games left together, Greening and Marberry are hoping to make the best of it.

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