March 26, 2011
BEAUMONT - Joey Latulippe, Wade Mathis and Jeff Abt stroked three hits each Saturday afternoon to lead Lamar University's 14-hit attack in a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over Texas State.
Latulippe, the Cardinals' senior catcher from League City, made it an especially good day by driving in a season-high four runs, including the final go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
When shortstop Aaron Buchanan stepped to the plate to lead off the pivotal seventh inning, the Cardinals, who once trailed by three runs, were down 6-5. That quickly changed, however, as Buchanan, Abt, Mathis and Latulippe all singled in succession with Mathis' hit to right field driving in Buchanan with the tying run and Latulippe's liner into left field plating Abt with the game's final score.
The victory, witnessed by a Vincent-Beck Stadium crowd of 825, put the Cardinals at 17-9 on the season and 6-2 in the Southland Conference. It also set up a Sunday afternoon showdown in the rubber game of the series with the Bobcats, who fell to 16-6 on the season and 7-1 in the league.
Latulippe, who entered the game with a .321 batting average, also ripped a two-run single in the first inning to give the Cardinals an early two-run cushion, and he added an RBI single in the three-run fifth in which they knotted the score at 5-5.
Benefactor of the Cardinals' game-saving, seventh-inning rally was Shane Hamaker, the third pitcher employed by coach Jim Gilligan on the afternoon. The 6-foot-5 junior right-hander from Pasadena worked 3.2 hitless, scoreless innings to earn his fourth victory in six decisions. He struck out three Bobcats and walked one.
Second baseman Andy Mena and centerfielder Ted Zentek added two hits each for the Cardinals, who managed to overcome the fact they hit into four double plays. All 14 of the Cardinals' hits were singles.
The Bobcats tied the score at 2-2 when outfielder Jeff McVaney powered his third home run of the season into the wind and over the leftfield fence, and they went ahead with a three-run fourth inning.