SFA Sees Good Things In Fall Game

Ryan Priest scored a run and tossed an inning in SFA's fall game versus Grambling on Tuesday.
Ryan Priest scored a run and tossed an inning in SFA


The Lumberjack baseball team got looks at 19 players on Tuesday, but fell 11-5 to Grambling in a fall baseball action at Jaycees Field.

The game does not count toward either team’s 2009 record, however it does count toward each team’s allotment of allowed games.

Head coach Johnny Cardenas used the game to get looks at the majority of his roster in game situations, including eight pitchers. The senior trio of Erik Gregersen, Erich Lehmann and Richard Folmer dominated the Tiger’s lineup in their stints on the bump, combining for eight shutout innings with 11 strikeouts and only a single walk between them.

Gregersen and Lehmann each tossed a game-high three innings apiece with Lehmann fanning five of the 11 batters he faced. The ‘Jacks also got nice contributions from freshman Brett Rogers and Ryan Priest, who each tossed an inning and did not allow an earned run.

Overall, the Lumberjack pitching staff, under the instruction of new pitching coach Chad Massengale, struck out 16 Tigers while walking only six in 13 innings, allowing only five of the 11 runs to be earned. Offensively, the ‘Jacks coaxed 14 walks from Grambling pitchers, but hit into four double plays on the day and stranded 14 runners on base.

It looked like SFA was going to be off to a big day in the first inning as Zach Gardner led off with a bloop single to right field, stole second, and then came into score on a single by Gabriel Garcia-Serrano. SFA then loaded the bases with nobody out, but could only manage a bases-loaded walk from Adam Bosley with one out to bring in a run before Justin Long grounded into an inning-ending double play.

SFA another run in the seventh when Bo Coffman delivered with two outs, sending a two-out double that scored Ryan Priest after he had reached on an infield single to lead off the inning. Coffman picked up another two-out RBI in the ninth, shooting a single through the left side to score Gardner.

Coffman finished the day 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a pair of walks, while Gardner and Trent Blanchard also added two hits apiece. Garcia-Serrano went 1-for-5 with two walks and an RBI, but hit the ball well on several occasions and catcher Ryan Sinclair drew walks in each of his three plate appearances.

Keep checking www.sfajacks.com for the release of the official Lumberjack Baseball 2009 Schedule in the upcoming weeks.