May 4, 2012
SAN MARCOS - Sophomore Jude Vidrine became just the third Cardinal ever to smash three home runs in a game, but it was not enough as Lamar University opened its three-game Southland Conference baseball series at Texas State with a 10-6 loss Friday night.
David Moore was the last Cardinal to hit three home runs in a game, accomplishing the mark against Texas State on May 22, 2008. Vidrine, who finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate, added a leadoff double in the first inning to his record setting night.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, all three of Vidrine's home runs were solo shots as a season-high 18 hits were squandered in the loss. The Cardinals left 12 runners on base, including three in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Lamar (18-24 overall, 10-15 in the Southland) will look to even the series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. behind the pitching of scheduled starter Carter Hahn. The Bobcats will counter with left hander Colton Turner.
After giving up a run in the first, Lamar scored twice in the top of the third to grab an early 2-1 lead. Vidrine got the Cardinals on the board with the first of his three bombs coming with two outs. Jeff Abt then singled, stole second and came home on a Darian Johnson single through the right side.
The Bobcats (27-17 overall, 14-11 in the Southland) responded with three runs in the home half of the inning to take the lead right back. First baseman Casey Kalenkosky hit a two-run home run off LU starter Jonathan Dziedzic with two outs, and catcher Andrew Stumph followed with a solo home run of his own.
Lamar tied the game at 4-4 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but the Bobcats blew it open with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Vidrine hit his second homer to lead off the fifth. Johnson, one of three Cardinals to finish with four hits in the contest, added his fourth home run of the season following a groundout by Abt to tie the game.
Texas State was able to chase Dziedzic (4-3) from the game in the fifth inning. The first three Bobcats singled to start the inning, but it looked as though the Cardinals could get out of the jam with minimal damage after Jeff McVaney was gunned down by catcher Zach Luevanos
on a steal attempt for the second out of the inning.
However, the next two batters singled and Garrett Mattlage reached on an Aaron Olivas error to keep the inning going. Left fielder Brooks Orton drove in two more runs with a triple to right center. A bunt single by Morgan Mickan plated Orton to cap the scoring.
Dziedzic lasted just 4.2 innings in taking the loss. The junior left hander allowed 10 runs, six earned, on 11 hits. John Gilligan and Chase Angelle pitched the final 3.1 innings without allowing a hit.
Center fielder Garret Autrey, who also had four base hits, led off the sixth with a triple and scored Lamar's sixth run on a single to left by Olivas. Reliever Ross Goebel would come in and get the Bobcats out of the inning.
Bobcat ace Travis Ballew did not have his best stuff, but was still able to last long enough to pick up the win and improve to 9-3. Ballew worked five plus innings, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs.
Vidrine would tie the school record with his third home run in the eighth inning off Goebel and the Cards threatened for more as Johnson and Brad Picha each singled with one out. Louis Head would get Seth Dornak to fly out to end the threat, and then worked a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.
Stumph finished with three hits for Texas State, while McVaney added two.