March 30, 2013
CONWAY, Ark. – Last weekend, the Lamar baseball team squared off with McNeese State in an epic 18-inning showdown, and while Saturday’s game vs. Central Arkansas wasn’t quite as long, it was just as dramatic as the Cardinals picked up a 3-2 win in 11 innings at Bear Stadium.
After UCA starter Bryce Biggerstaff was able to hold LU to just two runs in 10 innings of work, the Cards jumped on reliever Griffin Glaude in the top of the 11th. Jude Vidrine led off with a walk, and Joe Arechiga and Garret Autrey followed up with a single and walk, respectively, to chase the Glaude from the mound and set the stage for Brad Picha. Clint Green came on in relief, and Picha sent a 3-2 pitch into left field to bring in the eventual game-winning score.
Arechiga was also involved in the equalizing score in the ninth, pinch running for Dornak and ultimately scoring on a two-out wild pitch by Biggerstaff.
The sophomore ended the night 1-for-1 with a score. He was one of nine Cards to record a hit on the day as LU out-hit the Bears 11-5.
UCA started off quick, scoring twice off of LU starter Jonathan Dziedzic in the first three innings before getting shutdown by the Cardinal pitching staff.
Dziedzic ended with six innings pitched, and allowed all five hits and four walks. Brett Brown came on in relief for the seventh and eighth innings, and Lance Warren held the Bears at bay into the 10th. J.T. Autrey recorded the game’s final four outs to pick up his first career victory.
started the Lamar comeback effort in the fourth, leading off with a home run to left field, his second four-bagger in as many days.
Bumpers was one of two Cards to register multiple hits, going 2-for-5 at the plate. Garret Autrey was 2-for-4.
With the win, Lamar improved to 22-8 on the year, matching last season’s win total in just 30 games. UCA dropped to 21-7. Both squads are now 2-4 in Southland play.
Lamar will return to action next weekend with a trip to Southeastern Louisiana.