Autrey's blast lifts Cardinals

GO CARDINALS Garret Autrey's homer lifted Lamar over Houston Baptist.
GO CARDINALS
Garret Autrey's homer lifted Lamar over Houston Baptist.
GO CARDINALS

March 13, 2012

Final Stats

BEAUMONT, Texas - Garret Autrey didn't waste any time in becoming a hero for the Lamar University baseball team Tuesday night.

Autrey hammered the first pitch he saw from Michael Schulle in the bottom of the ninth inning over the right-field wall to lift the Cardinals to a 6-5 win over visiting Houston Baptist in a non-conference game at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

It was the team-leading home third homer of the season for Autrey, who was slated to get the night off after starting Lamar's first 14 games of the season. Autrey came in as a defensive replacement in center field late in the game, but it was his bat that did the damage.

"What a great kid," Lamar coach Jim Gilligan said of Autrey. "He works hard, he hustles, he does everything we ask of him."

Thomas Henk had three hits for Lamar (5-10), which snapped a four-game skid. Joe Arechiga added two hits for the Cardinals.

Jeff Abt (1-0), who started the game in left field, picked up the win in relief despite blowing the save by allowing a run in the top of the ninth inning.

Bradley Brown, Curtis Jones and Jake Gonzalez had two hits apiece for Houston Baptist (4-11), which has lost five straight.

Lamar doesn't have much time to savor the victory. The Cardinals host Texas Southern in a non-conference game at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are available for a special price of $1 at the stadium ticket booths before the game.

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