April 24, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Zach Luevanos provided the offense and four Lamar pitchers did their part on the mound to lead the Cardinals to a 9-0 victory over visiting Prairie View A&M in a non-conference baseball game at Vincent-Beck Stadium on Tuesday.
Luevanos went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored for Lamar (16-23), while Collin Chapman, Machon Trimm, Vernon Maxwell and Jeff Abt combined to limit Prairie View (20-19) to six hits while striking out 12.
"I'm very pleased with the way the way we played tonight," Lamar coach Jim Gilligan said. "Everybody who went to the mound tonight did a good job, and we got our bats going."
The Cardinals got on the board in the bottom of the first when Brad Picha's double off Prairie View starter Sean Hollis (1-4) plated Darian Johnson. The Cardinals added two more in the bottom of the third on RBI singles by Johnson and Seth Dornak.
The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the seventh when Lamar erupted for five runs off of reliever Delson Boyd, who failed to get an out. Luevanos' two-run double down the right-field line keyed the outburst. Luevanos closed out the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
That was more than enough offense for the Cardinals, who registered their second shutout of the season. Chapman (2-2) worked the first two innings to get the win, allowing two hits and striking out two. Trim allowed just one hit while striking out five in three innings of work. Maxwell gave up three hits and struck out two in his two innings, while Abt closed out the game with two innings of hitless ball, striking out three.
"That's a pretty good team we beat today," Gilligan said. "Their middle infield is good and they have a catcher with a great arm. It's no fluke that they have 20 wins."
Lamar opens a three-game Southland Conference series with McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The series wraps up with day games at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Lamar enters the weekend tied for 10th with Nicholls in the conference with an 8-13 record, but just one game out of a playoff spot.
"Every game is big now," Gilligan said.