March 21, 2009
Texas State scored three runs in the top of the ninth to get past Lamar 4-2 in a very competitive college baseball game at Vincent-Beck Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 2-1 since the sixth inning, Texas State got three runs on five hits to claim a 4-2 lead heading into the last half inning.
Kyle Kubitza started the rally with a single to third base, before pinch hitter Spenser Dennis doubled home pinch runner Laurn Randell to tie the game at 1-1. Tyler Sibley followed with a single back up the middle that scored Dennis. Paul Goldschmidt then hit a pop up down the right field line that landed on the white line for a double that plated Sibley, who had advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
The Cardinals appeared like they would answer with a rally of their own in the home half. Pinch-hitter Andy Mena hit a two-out single and advanced to second on a fielder's choice when defensive replacement Clint Vest's throw from short to second was inside of the bag, which allowed Mena and batter Tyler Link to reach safely. But reliever Lance Loftin got Brian Taylor to strike out to end the game.
Loftin threw the final 3.2 innings with four strikeouts and allowed only the hit to Mena in the ninth as he improved to 1-0 in eight total appearances. Kane Holbrooks started and threw 100 pitches over 5.1 innings while giving up two runs, one unearned, on six hits. He struck out five and walked five.
Brian Needham (0-1) took the loss for Lamar after relieving starter Eric Harrington in the sixth inning. Harrington struck out five in five innings and allowed six hits.
Texas State took the lead in the top of the third when Goldschmidt hit a two-out double into the corner in left and scored on Keith Prestridge's single to right. The Cardinals tied it in the bottom of the inning when Brian Taylor doubled to right, moved to third on Steven Tucker's bunt single and scored on Chris Dunkin's chopper through the right side of the infield.
Lamar took the lead in the sixth on a Jeremiah Sammy double into the right field corner that scored pinch runner Kevin Roebuck.
That was the way it stood until Texas State's rally in the ninth.
Taylor and Tucker each had two hits to lead Lamar (16-6, 5-3 Southland), while Texas State (11-8, 5-3) received production from Prestridge - who was 3-for-5, along with two-hit days by Goldschmidt, Kubitza and Bret Atwood.
The Cards and Cats will play the rubber-game of their series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.