April 7, 2012
NACOGDOCHES - Three Cardinals drove in two runs each Saturday afternoon at Jaycees Field as Lamar University won its second straight Southland Conference baseball series by knocking off Stephen F. Austin 6-4 in the series finale.
After taking 2-of-3 last weekend at home from Southeastern Louisiana, Lamar won its first conference road series by winning twice over the Lumberjacks. The Cardinals, who will leave conference play for a Tuesday evening game at Houston, improved to 12-18 on the year and 5-10 in conference play.
Lamar also welcomed junior Jonathan Dziedzic back to the mound as the left hander pitched for the first time since March 16. Dziedzic would start and work 2.0 innings before leaving with a no decision. He allowed just one run on three hits, but walked five batters.
Chase Angelle worked the next 2.0 innings, facing just one batter in the fifth inning before being pulled. Angelle allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, but picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Stephen F. Austin (13-18 overall, 6-9 in the Southland) took the lead with a run in the bottom of the second only to see the Cardinals tie the game with a run in the top of the third.
Second baseman V.J. Bunner singled to lead off the third and moved to second after Aaron Olivas followed with a walk. Jude Vidrine, who finished 2-for-3 in the game, sacrificed them both into scoring position with a bunt to the pitcher. Garret Autrey then hit a sacrifice fly ball to center field to get the Cardinals on the board and register one of his two runs batted in.
SFA regained the lead in the fourth inning as Hunter Dozier drove home third baseman Bryce Cummings to make it a 2-1 game.
Lamar posted a two-out, three-run rally in the fifth inning to build a 4-2 lead and never trailed again. Catcher Zach Luevanos led off with a single before Bunner and Olivas struck out. Vidrine then singled to right to put runners on the corners with two outs.
Autrey hit one of his two doubles on the day to plate Luevanos and tie the game at 2-2. Third baseman Darian Johnson, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, followed with a double that scored both Vidrine and Autrey to put Lamar ahead 4-2.
SFA first baseman Max Lamantia drove home a run in the fifth inning with a single to center field off Collin Chapman that drove home Ricardo Sanchez. Lamantia and leadoff hitter Rene Moreda each had four of SFA's 10 hits on the day.
With Lamar holding a 4-3 lead heading into the sixth inning, senior left fielder Jeff Abt led off the inning with his first home run of the season. It was the only hit of the game for Abt, but he also drove in an insurance run in the top of the ninth when he drew a bases loaded walk.
SFA added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but that would be all the scoring it would manage.
Collin Chapman was the most effective pitcher for the Cardinals on Saturday, working the final 5.0 innings for his first save of the season. Chapman scattered five hits over his five innings, but allowed just one run while striking out three.
Colton Eubanks started and took the loss for the Lumberjacks to fall to 3-3 on the year. Eubanks allowed seven hits and five earned runs over 5.0 innings of work. He also recorded five of SFA's eight strikeouts.