April 16, 2010
BEAUMONT - Matison Smith pitched a complete-game six hitter, and Andy Mena drove in three runs Friday night as Lamar University defeated Sam Houston State 5-2 in Southland Conference action.
Smith, a senior right-hander, limited the Bearkats to one hit over the first six innings in earning his sixth victory in seven decisions this season. The complete game was his third, and he struck out five while walking only one.
Biggest key to the 115-pitch outing for Smith was his ability to pitch his way of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh inning. He did so by striking out Jessie Plumlee and Daniel Nottebart in succession and then enticing Jared Wondra into a groundout to end the inning.
Mena, who is batting .411 on the season, contributed a two-run triple to the Cardinals' three-run third inning, and he had an RBI single in the fourth, helping the lead bulge to 5-0. Leadoff hitter Anthony Moore added two hits to the Cardinals' 10-hit attack.
Second baseman Braeden Riley of Woodville drove in the Bearkats' first run with a single to right field in the seventh inning, and centerfielder Greg Olson accounted for the other in the next frame with a solo home run, his first of the season.
The Vincent-Beck Stadium crowd of 523 saw the Cardinals improve their record to 21-15 overall and 7-9 in the SLC. The Bearkats, meanwhile, fell to 15-20 and 8-8, respectively.
The teams will play Game 2 of the three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday. Freshman right-hander Eric Harrington of Port Neches-Groves is slated to start for the Cardinals, while the Bearkats plan to start righty Dallas Gallant.