March 17, 2009
Houston scored three runs in the fourth inning and kept Lamar from getting a big inning started in a 4-2 win over the Cardinals at Vincent-Beck Stadium Tuesday night.
Lamar (15-5) struck out a season-high 14 times and left seven men on base, including six in scoring position.
The Cardinals scored single runs in the sixth and seventh but stranded runners at second and third in both the third and eighth innings.
Houston (4-14) got a strong performance on the mound from starter Donnie Joseph (1-1), who struck out eight and walked five while allowing both Lamar hits in 6.1 innings. William Kankel earned his first save of the season with 2.2 of hitless ball. He struck out six of the eight outs he recorded.
Beaumont native David Murphy went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead the Cougars.
Kevin Angelle (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in one inning of relief.
Houston scored three runs in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Caleb Ramsey, Kankel and Taylor White hit consecutive one-out hits to put the Cougars on the board. White's squeeze bunt to first allowed Kankel to score before he scored two batters later on a designed run-down play with Murphy out between first and second.
Brian Taylor doubled just inside the bag at first to open the sixth on a Chris Dunkin groundout to make it 3-1.
Murphy plated the Cougars' fourth run when he singled, advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on Blake Kelso's single.
The Cardinals cut the margin to 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch that allowed Ryan Saldivar to score after moving around the bases on two walks and a stolen base. Lamar stole a season-high eight bases on Tuesday.
Lamar will play host to Texas State in a Southland Conference series this weekend in Beaumont. Friday's game will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Saturday's and Sunday's contests set for 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.