SFA Takes Series Opener From Islanders

CORPUS CHRISTI -

Jared West threw seven strong innings and Stephen F. Austin (24-11, 11-5 Southland) plated eight runs in the fifth to take a 14-2 victory over the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team on Friday at Chapman Field. Matt Holland hit a solo home run, his sixth of the year, in the loss.

Bryson Myles and Darren Crabtree each had three hits and drove in three runs, with Myles hitting his fifth homer of the year. Crabtree had three doubles to lead the offense. Max Lamantia went 2-for-5 with three RBI in the win. Bobby Buckner had two hits in the loss for the Islanders (22-16, 7-9).

West allowed five hits and one walk in seven frames, striking out two and allowing two runs to improve to 6-1 on the season. Ian Campbell fell to 5-3 after surrendering 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Tanner Green had a scoreless inning out of the pen for the Islanders.

SFA jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first with an RBI double and a run scoring on an error. The visitors then added a run in the bottom of the third on a run-scoring single through the left side by Michael Haynes to make it 3-0.

The Islanders got a run back in the bottom of the third. Weston Montgomery ripped a double just inside the third-base bag, then advanced to third on a sac bunt by Santiago Ruiz. A sac fly by Jeramie Marek scored Montgomery to trim the deficit to 3-1. In the fourth, Holland's sixth homer of the season, a solo shot, made it 3-2 in favor of SFA.

But the Jacks opened the flood gates in the top of the fifth with eight runs on seven hits, capped off with a three-run homer by Bryson Miles, to make it 11-2. Max Lamantia also delivered the key play with two outs. Lamantia singled up the middle to score two runs, but on the throw home, he tried to advance to second. Trey Hernandez cut off the ball and threw to Montgomery, and on a bang-bang play Lamantia was ruled safe after the umpires discussed the play. The play that otherwise would have ended the inning extended it, and instead of a 6-2 deficit, the Islanders found themselves down by nine. SFA tacked on a solo run in the sixth and two in the seventh to result in the final score.

The Islanders and Lumberjacks will return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. at Chapman Field with the series finale set for 1 p.m. on Sunday. Live video and statistics will be available on GoIslanders.com both days.