Feb. 16, 2013
BEAUMONT – A day after Jonathan Dziedzic turned in a 10-strikeout game for the Lamar baseball team, another pitcher grabbed hold of the spotlight as Eric Harrington fanned 10 Northern Kentucky hitters to help the Lamar baseball team to a pair of wins on Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Harrington, a senior out of Groves, allowed just four hits and one unearned run in seven innings of work in the day’s second game to pick up his first victory of the year. J.T. Autrey and Ben Coram came on in relief, with the latter helping the Cardinals hold on to a 5-3 victory, earning the first save for an LU reliever this season.
In the earlier game, the Cardinals scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to win 10-5.
“Harrington was absolutely magnificent, and really, we got two good starts today,” head coach Jim Gilligan said. “It’s a pity we haven’t been scoring more for our starters because I feel we’ve had three good starts this weekend and only one of them has gotten the win.”
Chapman tossed six innings in the day’s opener, allowing three earned runs and striking out five. Will Hibbs tossed the final three to earn his first collegiate win.
NKU was able to get to Chapman early, as Ryan LeFevers and Zac Asman led off the game with walks. Singles by Brad Clement and Ryan Hinz brought home the first two runs, but Chapman quelled the threat with a strikeout and a ground ball.
Lamar jumped out to their first lead with back-to-back doubles by V.J. Bunner and Jude Vidrine in the bottom of the first and another pair of doubles in the second. Andrew Dewey reached on a one-out double to left, and an errant throw on a Brandon Provost ground ball evened the game up at 2-2. Sam Bumpers, the hero of a night ago, followed up with a double to put Provost on third, and a Bunner sac fly brought in the run.
Bunner ended 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a score.
After the Norse jumped ahead once more in the fourth, Bumpers evened the game up in the bottom half with a solo homer to left center, the first of his career and the first by a Card this season.
NKU added two more runs over the ensuing two frames before LU mounted a rally on the other side of the seventh-inning stretch. Seth Dornak led off with a walk and Dewey doubled again to put two runs in scoring position. Provost drew the Cards even with a single and moved over to second on the throw. Joe Arechiga entered as a pinch runner, and Bumpers made it count, giving LU the lead again with a single to right.
Bumpers finished the game with another 3-for-4 showing, collecting two runs batted in and a score, and Dewey was 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs. As a team, the Cards out-hit NKU 15-11 and collected six doubles.
Lamar sent seven to the plate an inning later, scoring three times and putting the game out-of-reach for the Norse.
In the evening meeting, the visitors from the outskirts of Cincinnati drew first blood once again in the first inning with Lefevers scoring after an Aaron Olivas error. However, Olivas kick-started LU’s comeback in the second, leading off with a single to right. Zach Luevanos doubled moments later to put the equalizer 90 feet from home, and Bumpers pushed him across on a groundout.
Vidrine put LU ahead with a lead-off single in the third, later scoring on a two-out single by Dornak.
Vidrine and Dornak combined to go 4-for-7 in the match-up.
Harrington then got into a bit of a groove, retiring 10 in a row before leaving the mound after seven.
Lamar established some breathing room in the bottom of the seventh as singles by Darian Johnson and Olivas brought home three scores.
Olivas ended 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run.
The Norse took advantage of an inaccurate Autrey in the eighth, scoring twice before Coram made the trek from the bullpen put the nail in the coffin.
Lamar will return to Vincent-Beck on Sunday morning to close out the four-game set. Chase Angelle is slated to make the start for the Red and White, and first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.