May 2, 2009
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Lamar struggled to produce with runners in scoring position all game and gave up four runs in the eighth in an 8-4 loss to McNeese State at Cowboy Diamond Saturday afternoon.
Lamar found itself trailing 4-2 after six innings and scored once in the seventh but McNeese pushed four runs across in the bottom of the seventh to provide the difference in the game as the Cardinals saw their seven-game winning streak come to a close.
Lamar (31-18, 15-11 SLC) was just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. The Cardinals were led at the plate by Brian Taylor, who went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the third that put LU ahead 1-0.
The Cowboys scored once in the fourth and again in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. The Cardinals tied it at 2-2 in the top of the fifth when Jeremiah Sammy singled and scored on Quentin Luquette's triple to the wall in right center. But Luquette was thrown out at home trying to score on a wild pitch to end the threat.
McNeese responded with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth when Matt Fontenot and Alex Johnson scored from third on consecutive singles.
McNeese (20-24, 9-17 SLC) outhit Lamar 12-11 and was a polar opposite of the Cards with runners in scoring position, going 7-for-18 in those situations. Matt Click (2-2) earned the win after a shaky first inning that he walked the bases loaded only to get a home-to-first double-play to get out of the threat. From that point, he struck out six over the next 5.1 and left in the seventh with a 4-3 lead.
Lamar starter Matison Smith (6-3) took the loss after working into the sixth inning. He struck out four but walked six and allowed three runs on five hits.
The teams will wrap-up their three-game set on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Cowboy Diamond. The game was moved up two hours to avoid any bad weather.