March 3, 2012
WACO - Jonathan Dziedzic masterfully pieced together his first collegiate shutout Saturday afternoon as Lamar University upended 25th-ranked Baylor 8-0 in the second round of the 2012 Baylor Classic.
The Baylor Ballpark crowd of 3,062 saw Dziedzic scatter six hits, strike out four batters and walk only one in upping his record to 2-0 and helping Jim Gilligan move to within one win of reaching 1,200 as the Cardinals' head coach. The junior left-hander threw 80 of his 132 pitches for strikes, and the defense played error-free ball behind him.
Centerfielder Garret Autrey led the Cardinals' 15-hit attack by going 3-for-5, including a triple, and he drove in two runs. First baseman Brad Picha slugged his first major college home run while going 2-for-5 and driving in three runs.
Third baseman Darian Johnson, left-fielder Jeff Abt and designated hitter Seth Dornak also contributed two hits each to the offensive assault on five Baylor pitchers.
Dziedzic held the Bears scoreless on three hits over the first five innings, giving his teammates enough time to put up single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and add a three spot in the fifth as the lead ballooned to 6-0.
Designated hitter Josh Ludy touched Dziedzic for three of the Bears' six hits, but the product of Humble Atascocita craftily escaped heavy damage. The Bears put two runners on base only once - in the fourth inning - but Dziedzic get catcher Joey Hainsfurther to fly out to right field to end the threat.
The Cardinals snapped their 10-inning scoring drought in the tournament when back-to-back one-out singles by Autrey and Thomas Henk and a base on balls to Aaron Olivas loaded the bases in the second inning. Shortstop Wayne Stanley then came through with a single into centerfield put Lamar up 1-0.
Dornak's first extra base hit of the season - a double down the left field line in the third inning - plated Abt, who singled to centerfield and stole second base, enabled the Cardinals to increase their lead to 2-0.
Picha's solo homer over the right field fence increased the lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning. Johnson and Abt sandwiched singles around a walk to Jude Vidrine to load the bases with no one out in the fifth and to chase Baylor starting and losing pitcher Max Garner.
After Dornak flied out to right field, Autrey's slow roller down the third base line brought in Johnson with the Cardinals' fourth run, and Picha added a two-out single to left field to drive in two more runs and make it 6-0.
A one-out single by Dornak and Autrey's booming triple into the gap in right centerfield ran the lead to 7-0 in the seventh inning. They were the Cardinals' 12th and 13th hits of the afternoon.
The score reached 8-0 in the eighth inning when David Harris got a pinch-hit single back to the mound and came around to score on a throwing error by Bear pitcher Trae Davis and an RBI single by Johnson.
The Cardinals will conclude the three-day tournament Sunday by playing UC Irvine at 11 a.m. and then meeting Baylor in a rematch at 3 p.m.