March 15, 2014
HAMMOND, La. – There would be no late-game heroics for the Lamar baseball team on Saturday as the Cardinals fell in a pair of tight games to Southeastern Louisiana at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field to close out the first Southland Conference weekend of the year.
The Cardinals (13-8, 1-2 Southland), which won on Friday with a 10th-inning two-run blast by Brandon Provost, lost 4-2 in the first game of the day and then saw a comeback effort fall just short in the second, falling 7-6.
In the first game, Chase Angelle turned in a fifth consecutive quality start, allowing three earned runs over 6.1 innings. The junior out of Orange allowed 10 hits on the day and was pegged for his third loss in four decisions this season.
After SLU scored three times in the first three innings, the Cards finally got on the board in the fourth as Jacoby Middleton and Provost led off the frame with singles. Kyle Markum reached on an error to load the bases, and then a Tyler Sullivan sacrifice fly cut the deficit to two.
Markum was the only LU player to register multiple hits, going 2-for-4 at the plate. As a team, the Red and White were out-hit 11-7.
The Cards pulled even closer in the seventh as Sam Bumpers recorded a one-out hit and Jude Vidrine earned a two-out walk to put him in scoring position. Kevin Santana followed up with single to right to score Bumpers, but that would be all LU could muster as Vidrine was stranded 90 feet from home.
SLU reclaimed the score in the bottom half of the frame, and then retired the next six Cards in order to tie up the series at 1-1.
After allowing Bumpers to score in the opening stanza, the Lions (11-8, 2-1 Southland) pounced on LU starter Brent Janak. The Friendswood native was pegged for four runs in the bottom half of the frame. He would go on to record the loss, which was the first of his career, dropping to 3-1 on the season.
In all, six Cards saw action on the mound, and it was Janak’s high school teammate, Jayson McKinley, who would prove most effective, tossing 2.2 hitless innings.
LU grabbed another score in the fifth as Vidrine touched home on a Santana single, but SLU once again responded emphatically, this time with three runs to take a 7-2 lead into the sixth.
Santana finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI.
It was the Cards’ turn for a counter-punch an inning later, and it came from the bats of Wayne Stanley and Vidrine, as each laced two-out singles to bring three runs in and cut the lead back down to two.
Bumpers led the LU offense in the second game, offering an impressive encore to a four-hit showing Friday night. The senior out of Illinois went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs. He was one of three Cards to post multiple hits as LU out-hit the hosts 12-9.
Another Sullivan sac fly pulled LU within one, but that would be all the Cards could muster as the tying run was left stranded on second in the ninth.
The series loss marked the first of the year for the Red and White, and the team will be looking to bounce back on Tuesday as the team concludes its four-game road swing Houston.