March 22, 2009
Texas State benefitted from four Lamar errors and got eight strong innings from Brian Borski on the mound for a 4-1 win at Vincent-Beck Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Texas State won the series 2-1 and improved to 12-8 overall and 6-3 in Southland Conference play, while Lamar moved to 16-7 and 5-4.
Texas State scored first in the top of the second when Ben Theriot led off with a single and scored two batters later on Jason Martinson's double.
Lamar tied it up in the third when Ryan Saldivar led off the frame with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Steven Tucker's double to left center.
The Bobcats received a pair of unearned runs in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. With two outs, Bret Atwood reached first on a grounder the third that Chris Dunkin threw too high and allowed Atwood to advance to second. Paul Goldschmidt followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Atwood scored on Keith Prestridge's sacrifice fly to deep center and Goldschmidt, who was at second following a wild pitch, scored on Spenser Dennis' single down the left field line.
Texas State added its third unearned run in the top of the ninth when Tyler Sibley led off with a double and scored from third on a two-out throwing error that allowed Prestridge to reach first.
Tucker was the only Cardinal to record multiple hits in the game as he finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Brian Taylor and Jeremiah Sammy both had a hit and a walk, while Dunkin, Saldivar, Quentin Luquette had one hit apiece.
Matison Smith (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, while Borski (4-0) remained perfect through five starts. He struck out four and walked three while scattering seven hits.
Lamar will open a four-game road trip on Tuesday at fourth-ranked Rice (14-6). First pitch at Reckling Park is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on KLVI 560-AM and simulcast on the Internet at LamarCardinals.com.