Cards can't hold lead in 7-5 loss to Stephen F. Austin
April 6, 2012
NACOGDOCHES - Lamar University got a two-run home run from David Harris on Friday afternoon to build a 5-1 lead, but the Cardinals could not make it stand in falling 7-5 to host Stephen F. Austin in a Southland Conference baseball game.
The Cardinals and Lumberjacks will play the tiebreaker Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. from SFA's Jaycees Field. Lamar, which took the first game Thursday by a 7-4 count, now stands at 11-18 overall and 4-10 in the Southland. SFA improved to 13-17 on the year and 6-8 in league play.
LU catcher Thomas Henk led off the fourth inning by getting hit by a Cody Priest pitch. Henk then moved to second on a throwing error by Priest, and the Lumberjacks removed their starter in favor of Chase Greening.
Greening got third baseman Darian Johnson to fly out to center field, but Harris hit a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for his second home run of the season and a 5-1 Cardinal lead.
SFA scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to get within three, and then scored twice in the fifth to make it a 5-4 game.
The Lumberjacks would take a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning on a two-run home run from shortstop Hunter Dozier, his eighth of the season. The blast came off LU reliever Machon Trimm (0-2) who would take the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in 2.0 innings of work.
SFA added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning off Lamar's third pitcher, Vernnon Maxwell. First baseman Max Lamantia doubled to left with one out, and came home on a RBI single by pinch hitter Rene Moreda to close out the scoring.
Junior right hander Carter Hahn got the start for the Cardinals and took a no decision after working 5.0 innings. He allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Four Lumberjack pitchers combined for the victory with Greening getting the win in relief. The junior right hander surrendered just one run on two hits in 4.0 innings of work to improve to 2-3 on the year. Alex Moshier worked the ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Lamar got the scoring started in the first inning as right fielder Jude Vidrine led off the game with a double to center field. Designated hitter Seth Dornak followed with a double to right center and the Cardinals had a 1-0 lead. Jeff Abt would drive Dornak home with a two-out single to right field that made it a 2-0 game.
SFA got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Center fielder Rory Myers reached second base on one of Lamar's three errors on the day to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved Myers to third, Dozier grounded out to short to drive him home.
The Cardinals' third run came in the top of the third inning as first baseman Brad Picha hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield to score Vidrine from third.
Shortstop Aaron Olivas had the only multi-hit game for the Cardinals as he finished 2-for-4.