April 17, 2010
BEAUMONT - Lamar University's Eric Harrington shut down Sam Houston State 4-0 on six hits Saturday afternoon in pitching his first shutout of the season and the third of two-year Cardinal career.
A sophomore right-hander from Port Neches-Groves, Harrington struck out three batters, walked only one and threw 76 of his 103 pitches for strikes.
Harrington, who improved to 5-1 on the season, got into serious trouble only in the fourth inning when second baseman Braeden Riley beat out an infield single and Chris Andreas doubled down the rightfield line to give the Bearkats runners at second and third with one out. Harrington wiggled out of the jam by retiring Jessie Plumley and Daniel Nottebart on successive flyouts to Quentin Luquette in right field.
The complete game was Harrington's second of the season, the Cardinals' second in row and their fifth on the season.
Shortstop Aaron Buchanan, first baseman Wade Mathis and catcher Joey Latulippe had two hits each to pace the Cardinals' eight-hit attack. In hitting safely in his eighth-straight game, Buchanan sliced his first triple of the season into the leftfield corner with one out in the seventh inning but failed to score.
Earlier, the Cardinals, who improved to 22-15 on the season and 8-9 in the Southland Conference, gave Harrington all the cushion he needed by pushing across all of their runs in the sixth inning, despite making two base-running mistakes.
Buchanan started the winning rally off Bearkat starter and loser Dallas Gallant by beating out a ball hit deep to Kevin Miller at third base. He moved to second base when Cameron Campbell drew a base on balls but was thrown out at third attempting to steal.
Mathis doubled to right center to score Campbell, but the Cardinal first baseman got caught between second and third bases and the relay throw from the outfield beat him back to second. The rally continued, however, as Anthony Moore
walked and came around to score on Pablo Salinas'
double down the leftfield line.
Salinas eventually scored on a wild pitch, and Ted Zentek who reached safely on an error by shortstop Ryan Mooney, came in on a single up the middle by catcher Joey Latulippe.
The loss dropped the Bearkats to 15-21 on the season, and they're also 8-9 in their league games. The finale of the three-game series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Freshman left-hander Jonathan Dziedzic, who shared last week's SLC Pitcher of the Week Award with Gallant, is slated to start for the Cardinals. Junior left-hander Brent Powers is the Bearkats' scheduled starting pitcher.