Lamar bats cool in 7-1 loss to Texas State
March 25, 2011
BEAUMONT - Lamar University could not get its bats going on Friday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium as first place Texas State was able to claim a 7-1 Southland Conference baseball victory over the Cardinals.
Lamar managed just four hits on the night in falling to 16-9 on the year and 5-2 in SLC play. The two teams will meet on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the second game of a three-game series. The Bobcats (16-5) are the lone unbeaten team in SLC action at 7-0.
Senior right hander Blake Ford started and took the loss for the Cardinals, his first loss in SLC competition as he fell to 3-2 on the year. Ford worked five and a third innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits while striking out three.
The Cardinals opened the scoring in the second inning as Wade Mathis opened the inning with a single and scored three batters later on a Pablo Salinas single and error by Bobcat left fielder Jeff McVaney. After Mathis scored, the Cards had a pair of runners on with no outs but could not plate any more runs.
Texas State answered with three runs in the top of the fourth inning, with the big hit being a two-run triple by right fielder Cody Gambill. The Bobcats built on their lead in the sixth inning, scoring runs on RBI singles by catcher Andrew Stumph and second baseman Tyler Sibley. Ford was removed for Stephen Tromblee after the Stumph single.
Texas State would add a pair of runs in the seventh inning, and three Bobcat pitchers would hold the Cardinals hitless over the final four innings.
Carson Smith (3-1) went seven strong innings for Texas State in the starting role. Smith allowed just four hits and one unearned run while striking out eight LU hitters.