March 27, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar University's baseball team rallied for four ninth-inning runs Sunday afternoon, but the real damage had been done earlier in the inning.
Texas State pounded out six hits and pushed across six runs in the top of the ninth, giving the Bobcats plenty of cushion for their eventual 9-5 victory in the rubber game of this Southland Conference series.
With the loss, coach Jim Gilligan's Cardinals fell to 17-10 on the season and 6-3 in the SLC, two games behind co-leaders Texas State and Stephen F. Austin, which are both 8-1 in the league. Sunday's victory improved the Bobcats' overall record to 17-6.
Junior left fielder Kevin Roebuck boomed a three-run triple off the fence in right-center field to highlight the Cardinals' four-run ninth inning. Roebuck scored the Cardinals' final run moments later on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Abt.
Roebuck finished the day 3-5 at the plate with one run scored and three runs batted in, while senior center fielder Ted Zentek went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.
Abt received his first major college start on the mound and turned in an impressive performance until running out of gas in the sixth inning. After walking two of the first three batters he faced, he retired 14 in a row, and the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead when Abt lofted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center field to score Zentek.
After Abt got the first batter out in the top of the sixth inning, the Bobcats strung together four-straight hits with the biggest being a two-run double to centerfield by third baseman Kyle Kubitza. The Bobcats added one more run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Jeff McVaney.
Colton Turner, a junior left-hander from Joshua, Texas, kept his record unblemished after improving to 5-0 with 7.1 innings of five-hit ball during which time he yielded one run and struck out four batters while walking one.
Josephy Dvorsky pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Bobcats to earn his sixth save of the season.
The Cardinals will take a break from Southland Conference play Wednesday afternoon when they will take on Baylor of the Big 12 Conference in a 4 p.m. game in Waco. Lamar's next league series will be at Southeastern Louisiana from Friday through Sunday.