April 11, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI - Jonathan Dziedzic struck out a career-high 13 batters Sunday afternoon as Lamar University defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-2 in Southland Conference action before a crowd of 215 at Whattaburger Field.
In evening his record at 2-2, Dziedzic worked the first eight innings, allowed six hits and two runs (only one earned) and walked three. The freshman left-hander from Humble Atascocita, became the first Cardinal to strike out as many as 13 batters since Ricky Testa set down 14 in a relief performance against the Islanders last April.
Meanwhile, shortstop Aaron Buchanan and outfielder Quentin Luquette led Lamar's 13-hit attack with duplicate 3-for-5, with three runs-batted-in performances. Second baseman Andy Mena and first baseman Wade Mathis had two hits each for the Cardinals, who improved to 19-14 on the season and 6-9 in the SLC.
Buchanan and Luquette both had two-run singles in helping stake the Cardinals to an early 5-0 lead in the second inning. Mena singled to left field to account for the other RBI in the inning.
Buchanan and Luquette added RBI doubles down the leftfield line to the Cardinals' four-run ninth inning that also featured a two-run single to right field by Mathis.
The Islanders sliced the Cardinals' early lead to 5-1 in the third when an error by Mena at second base allowed Marc Damon, who led off the inning with a walk, to score an unearned run off Dziedzic.
The Islanders touched Dziedzic for another run in the sixth inning when Chris Vergne doubled to right centerfield with one out and came around to score on Omar Garcia's bunt single and an RBI fielder's choice by Weston Montgomery.
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Cardinals will take a break from SLC play Tuesday when they host Texas-Pan American in a doubleheader to begin at 3 p.m. in Vincent-Beck Stadium.