Southland Conference Recap 03-21-09

Erich Lehmann is the new all-time strikeout leader at SFA with 224 for his career.
Erich Lehmann is the new all-time strikeout leader at SFA with 224 for his career.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6 McNeese State 4

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team received clutch hitting and solid pitching Saturday afternoon as the Islanders downed McNeese State 6-4 at Chapman Field to earn their first Southland Conference win of the season. The Islanders will go for the series win tomorrow at 1 p.m.

The Islanders improve to 7-16 on the season and are now 1-7 in the Southland. The Cowboys are 2-6 in the league and 10-10 overall.

“We have been hunting for our first Southland Conference win for awhile,” said Islander head coach Scott Malone. “I told the guys after the game this win really means something. This wasn’t just a good day at the ballpark it is bigger than that.”
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Stephen F. Austin 11 Nicholls State 0

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Erich Lehmann struck out six and shut out the Nicholls Colonels on Saturday, becoming the all-time strikeout leader at SFA as the ‘Jacks won 11-0 in only seven innings for the second straight day at Jaycees Field.

It is the first time in recorded history that SFA (7-12, 2-5 SLC) has run-ruled an opponent in consecutive games. The ‘Jacks have now won four straight games, including five straight over Nicholls (10-9, 4-4 SLC).

There were a number of milestones on the day, but it all started with Lehmann who earned his first win of the year after throwing seven shutout innings with six strikeouts and no walks. His fourth-inning strikeout of Josh Labiche gave him 221 for his career, surpassing Sean Wood for the all-time mark at the school.

Gabriel Garcia-Serrano also set a single-game record with four stolen bases on the day and scored three of the 11 SFA runs. Zach Gardner finished the day 2-for-5 and sent the fans to the parking lot with his second home run of the season, a 3-run walkoff shot to left field that put the mercy rule into effect. He finished with four RBI, tying a career high.

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UT Arlington 4 Northwestern State 2

ARLINGTON, Texas- The UT Arlington baseball team secured its second straight Southland Conference series by winning game two of its three-game series against Northwestern State 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington.

The Mavs (11-10, 4-4) scored a pair of runs in the second and third innings and starting pitcher Nathan Long held down the Demons (10-8, 4-3) for 7 1/3 innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts to help give UT Arlington its fifth win in a row and sixth victory over its last seven games.

UT Arlington did most of its damage offensively in the first three innings with four runs and seven of its eight base hits.

Andrew Kainer led off the second inning with a double to left field and then scored on Preston McCoy’s single through the left side. McCoy then gave the Mavs a 2-0 lead when he scored on Evan Raley’s double to right-center field.

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Southeastern Louisiana 2 at Central Arkansas 1

CONWAY, Ark. – Sophomore right hander Brandon Efferson allowed just one run on five hits while striking out seven in 7.1 IP and the Lion offense rallied with a run in the fifth and one more in the eighth as the Southeastern Louisiana University baseball team (14-6, 6-2 Southland Conference) rallied past Central Arkansas (11-9, 4-4 SLC), extending their season-best winning streak to seven games and claiming sole posession of first place in the SLC, with a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions earned their seventh consecutive win, their longest winning streak since a school record 10-game streak April 4-15, 1997, thanks in large part to a dominant outing by Efferson. The Zachary native battled UCA starter Brandon Solberg in a pitcher’s duel all afternoon.

The Bears struck first with a solo home run from UCA first baseman Jonathan Yerby in the second. However, Efferson soon regained his stride. The sophomore right hander retired 11 consecutive batters in a stretch that lasted from the final out of the third inning through the first out of the seventh inning.

Southeastern Louisiana Recap

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Texas State 4 at Lamar 2

BEAUMONT, Texas – Texas State scored three runs in the top of the ninth to get past Lamar 4-2 in a very competitive college baseball game at Vincent-Beck Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 2-1 since the sixth inning, Texas State got three runs on five hits to claim a 4-2 lead heading into the last half inning.

Kyle Kubitza started the rally with a single to third base, before pinch hitter Spenser Dennis doubled home pinch runner Laurn Randell to tie the game at 1-1. Tyler Sibley followed with a single back up the middle that scored Dennis. Paul Goldschmidt then hit a pop up down the right field line that landed on the white line for a double that plated Sibley, who had advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.

The Cardinals appeared like they would answer with a rally of their own in the home half. Pinch-hitter Andy Mena hit a two-out single and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice when defensive replacement Clint Vest’s throw from short to second was inside of the bag, which allowed Mena and batter Tyler Link to reach safely. But reliever Lance Loftin got Brian Taylor to strike out to end the game.

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UTSA 10 at Sam Houston State 6

HUNTSVILLE — Sophomores Tyler Carpenter and Ryan Hutson both had three hits and sophomore right-hander Kevin Clarke pitched three solid innings in relief to lead UTSA to a 10-6 victory at Sam Houston State on Saturday.

The Roadrunners, who scored in double figures for the ninth time this season (all wins), improved to 12-8 overall and 5-3 in Southland Conference play with their 11th regular season triumph in the last dozen matchups between the two teams.

UTSA jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first and, after the Bearkats (14-7, 5-3 SLC) cut the edge in half in the bottom of the frame, the Roadrunners exploded for three runs in each of the following two stanzas to take a 8-1 advantage and never looked back. The Birds went on to plate single runs in the fourth and fifth to complete their scoring.

Hutson was 3-for-4 with a double, his first home run of the season (a two-run shot in the third), two runs and a pair of RBIs. Carpenter, meanwhile, went 3-for-5 with two runs and he recorded his third consecutive three-hit contest (fourth in last six games). Junior Lance Brown reached base in four of his five plate appearances, added a pair of doubles and scored three times, while senior Jose Hernandez stroked his team-leading 10th double and eighth long ball of the season.

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