April 13, 2013
BEAUMONT – Sam Houston State capitalized early and held on late as the Lamar baseball team fell 7-4 to the visiting Bearkats on Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
A four-run first inning and two-run third gave the visitors from Huntsville all they needed to pull even in the series after 19-8 drubbing on Friday night. With the loss, Lamar fell to 25-11 on the year, including a 5-6 mark in conference play, and SHSU improved to 20-14 and 8-3, respectively.
The Bearkats opened up the scoring in the first inning after Ryan Farney and Carter Burgess singles put two on with one out. It looked like the Cardinals would get out of the frame, but an errant V.J. Bunner throw on a potential double play ball loaded the bases. Kevin Miller cashed in the first score by drawing a walk, and a sacrifice fly and Luke Plucheck triple plated three more to give SHSU a 4-0 lead.
Bunner followed up in the bottom half of the first, singling up the middle to score Jude Vidrine and cut the deficit to three.
However, Plucheck built on the SHSU lead in the third, doubling down the left field line to score two more and put the Bearkats up 6-1.
Bunner once again produced a Cardinal response, hitting into a fielder’s choice to score Vidrine in the ensuing frame.
Bunner ended the day 1-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in, and Vidrine was 1-for-2 with a two walks and two runs. As a team, the Cards were out-hit 11-7.
After giving up a score in the sixth, Lamar attempted a rally in the seventh. Garret Autrey led off with a double and eventually scored on a Zach Luevanos groundout. A Sam Bumpers double put another base-runner on, and SHSU starter Andrew Godail threw a wild pitch that allowed Bumpers to score from second.
Godail finished the game with four earned runs in 6.2 innings of work to improve to 4-1 on the year. His Lamar counterpart, David Carver
, tossed 5.2 frames and allowed eight hits and seven runs (four earned), falling to 5-3.
The two sides will return to Vincent-Beck for a rubber game on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.