April 19, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. – After being held silent for much of the early goings on Friday night, the Lamar baseball team scored in each of the last five innings to take home an 8-2 decision over Northwestern State at Brown-Stroud Field.
The offense collected 11 of its 13 hits over the game’s final five frames, and the Demons offered plenty of help in over that timeframe, committing three errors. Zach Luevanos and Seth Dornak were the stars for the Cardinals offensively, led by Luevanos’ 3-for-5 showing with two runs and two RBI. Dornak finished 2-for-4, doubling twice.
However, as important as the offense was, it would have been all for naught if it weren’t for the superb pitching of Jonathan Dziedzic, who tossed a complete game to improve to 6-1 on the year. The junior out of Humble allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out eight to keep the Demons from getting back into the game.
NSU (11-28, 2-11 SLC) got a strong performance out of starter Cody Butler, who threw six innings and gave up two runs (one unearned). However, Ashton Sivigliano and Andrew Adams weren’t as fortunate, allowing six runs over the game’s final three frames.
After giving up both NSU runs in the first inning, Lamar (28-11, 7-6 SLC) got on the board in the fifth. Luevanos led off the frame with a single, and a Sam Bumpers double put the Corpus Christi native 90 feet from home. Darian Johnson ultimately answered the call, grounding out to bring Luevanos home.
After stranding the equalizer on third in the fifth, Dornak laced a one-out double to left in the sixth to get LU up and going once more. An error by Demon second baseman Toby Cornejo later in the inning proved costly, bringing Dornak home and resulting in Butler leaving the mound for good at the end of the frame.
NSU miscues allowed the Red and White to take the lead in the seventh. Bumpers reached on an error by third baseman Edwin Gomez and advanced all the way to third on wild pitches by Sivigliano. Jude Vidrine
cashed him in with a single to right, forcing the Demons reliever to leave the mound. Adams made the trot from the bullpen and quashed the rally, setting down the next three Cards in order.
His success, however, was short-lived. A Dornak double and a walk and single by Garret Autrey and Aaron Olivas, respectively, loaded the bases for Luevanos, who delivered with a single to center. NSU once again hurt their own cause as centerfielder Will Watson committed a two-base error to hand the Cards a 6-2 lead. Bumpers followed up with a single up the middle to plate Luevanos and put LU in command.
Autrey finished 1-for-4 with two scores, and Bumpers ended 2-for-6.
Autrey and Luevanos combined in the ninth to account for the final score with the former singling and the latter doubling him home.
The two sides will meet once more on Saturday at Brown-Stroud Field. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.