April 30, 2005
HUNTSVILLE - Lamar could manage just three hits off Sam Houston State starter Jesse Marshall as the Bearkats posted a 4-1 win over the Cardinals in Southland Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at Holleman Field.
Lamar dropped to 30-19 overall and 11-9 in SLC play. SHSU is 17-26-2 overall and 8-12 in SLC play. The Cardinals will try to avoid the sweep in Sunday's series finale scheduled for 1 p.m.
Marshall tossed his first complete-game of the season. He allowed just three hits, all singles, with a career-high 13 strikeouts and just one walk in nine innings pitched. He retired 10 of the last 11 Cardinals batters, including sitting them down in order in the top of the ninth. Lamar starter Scott Vander Weg (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with one strikeout and no walks in five innings pitched.
Held scoreless for five innings, SHSU broke through with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Isaias Garcia led off the inning with a bloop double to right center field. Jonathan Stone followed with a RBI double to left center field to drive in Garcia.
Dustin Martin, who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, reached on an infield single and Stone scored when Jeremy Gray's throw to first to try to get Martin was high and ended up in the Cardinals' dugout. Karl Krailo delivered an RBI single to right field to drive in Martin and give the Bearkats a 3-1 lead.
Chuckie Platt relieved Vander Weg on the mound for the Cardinals and got Aaron Ruchti to pop out into a double play and struck out Roy Merritt to end the inning.
The Bearkats added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Martin singled and Michael Hatfield doubled to left center. Ruchti, who was 2-for-3, walked to load the bases with one out. Trey Swor, Lamar's third pitcher of the day, coaxed a ground ball from pinch-hitter Ryan Trevino. The Cardinals got the force out at second, but the relay to first pulled Haney off the bag that allowed Martin to score and make the score 4-1.
Lamar struck first with a run in the top of the third inning. Will Henderson
led off with an infield single and went to third on Matt Lambeth's
single to right field. A balk by Marshall allowed Henderson to score the game's first run and put Lamar up 1-0. That was Marshall's only mistake of the day.