Cards Take Series from SFA

Sam Bumpers

April 27, 2014

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - After dropping the first game the Lamar Cardinals (26-17/12-9 SLC) rallied to take game three, and the series from Stephen F. Austin with a 5-4 victory at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win their eighth game in their last 11 outings.

Lamar cracked the scoreboard first when Jude Vidrine scored from third on Sam Bumpers single up the middle in the top of the third inning. It was one of two hits for Bumpers who reached base all four times Sunday.

The lead was short lived as the Lumberjacks would rally in the home half of the third. With one out, the 'Jacks loaded the bases when MacKenzie Handel was hit by a David Carver pitch. SFA's Zack Mayberry drove in the SFA's first run of the game when he sacrificed Matthew Dickey home from third.

The Lumberjacks were back on the attack in the very next inning aided by two Lamar fielding errors. With runners and first and second with no outs, Conner Fikes laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. SFA's Will Vest reached on a Mason Salazar error, which allowed one run to score. The 'Jacks plated the second run off a Dickey single, while the final run was scored on a Reed Seeley fielding error.

Although the Lumberjacks took the lead, the inning could've been a lot worse as Lamar's Lance Warren came out of the bullpen to record the final out of the inning leaving the bases loaded.

The Cardinals began to chip away at the lead in the top half of the next frame. With two on and two out, Lamar got back-to-back hits from Salazar and Kevin Santana to plate a run cutting the SFA lead to two, 4-2.



Lamar was looking to cut into the deficit even further in the next inning. Still trailing by two, the Cards were threatening with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth. Brandon Provost singled to right field scoring Vidrine and Justin Eckols to tie the game at 4.

Despite giving up two hits in the home half of the sixth, Lamar was able to get out of the inning unscathed. The Cardinals induced a double play to wipe out a leadoff single, and got out of the inning stranding a base runner.

Lamar's game-winning run was aided by a let down in the SFA defense. Middleton led off the inning by reaching on a throwing error by the third baseman. After being bunted over to second, Middleton was able to score on a Salazar single through the left side of the infield. It would be the game's final run as the Cardinals stranded six Lumberjacks over the course of the game's final three innings.

Senior Lance Warren picked up the victory in relief. He faced 19 batters in four innings of relief work surrendering no runs on four hits, while striking out 3, while Derek Wade picked up his third save of the season.

Four Cardinals ended the day with two hits led by Bumpers' 2-for-2 performance. Provost ended the day 2-for-5 with a couple of RBI's. Santana and Salazar each added two hits on the day as well.

The Cardinals will turn right back around and be back on the diamond Tuesday when they face UTSA. The game against the Roadrunners is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from San Antonio, Texas.


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