Jacks Catch Fire in Middle Innings to Topple Islanders
Stephen F. Austin (25-11, 12-5 Southland) rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take an 18-8 win over the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team (22-17, 7-10) on Saturday at Chapman Field. Bryson Myles went 4-for-5 with four runs in the victory, while Trey Hernandez hit his 10th home run of the season in a losing effort.
Hernandez, Jacob Perales and Jeramie Marek each scored twice for the Islanders, while Matt Holland and Marek had two hits apiece. Garrett Smith scored four times for SFA, while Jarid Scarafiotti and Darren Crabtree each had two hits and four RBI.
Chase Wier picked up the win out of the pen with three stellar innings. The righty punched out five and the only baserunner he allowed was Marek, who reached on an error in the sixth. Brett Carnline was carded with the loss after giving up four runs in an inning in relief. Justin Meza surrendered nine hits and eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, while SFA starter Tyler Herriage allowed 10 hits and eight runs in four frames.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi got out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Perales drew a leadoff walk, and two batters later, Hernandez came to the plate. After fouling off a pitch, the senior rototilled the next pitch to dead center for his 10th home run of the year.
In the second, the Islanders tacked on three more to make it a 5-0 game, with all the damage being done with two outs. Logan Nottebrok started the rally with a single and Perales followed with a double just inside the third-base bag to put two runners in scoring position. Marek then singled through the left side to plate two runs to make it 4-0. Two batters later, Holland hit a looping double just behind third base for a 5-0 lead.
But SFA countered with five in the third and three in the fourth, the latter runs coming on a three-run homer by Jarid Scarafiotti to make it 8-5 in favor of the visitors. The Islanders were able to rebound, though, plating three in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Again the rally came with two away, as Jumpy Garcia got it started with a single to center. Next up was Weston Montgomery, who ripped a double to left center to plate Garcia and Hernandez and knot the game up at 8-8.
The Jacks, though, came back with a four spot in the fifth and five more in the sixth to blow the game open. Crabtree delivered the big hit in both innings. In the fifth, he came through with a double to left center to score two runs. In the sixth, he ripped a double to right field to plate two more. The first baseman has five doubles in the series and seven in his last three games.
Meanwhile, SFA got a stellar relief outing from Wier, who delivered 1-2-3 innings in both the first and seventh. The visitors added a single run in the seventh off Alex Jack to put the run rule into effect.
The Islanders and Lumberjacks will finish off their series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Todd Simko will be on the mound for the Islanders against SFA's Zack Taylor. Live video and statistics will be available on GoIslanders.com.