May 5, 2013
BEAUMONT - The Lamar baseball team scored twice in the eighth but was unable to muster anything in the ninth, falling 8-6 to visiting Oral Roberts at Vincent-Beck Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Vincent-Beck, which normally favors the pitcher, served as a bandbox for the ORU line-up, who grabbed the lead via a pair of three-run Jose Trevino home runs and extended it with a Tyler Boss solo shot in the ninth.
Despite the power numbers for the Golden Eagles, Lamar (33-15, 12-9 SLC) looked better offensively in the early goings, plating two through a pair of groundouts by Darian Johnson and Brad Picha in the first. The Cards went on to add more an inning later as back-to-back singles by Jude Vidrine and Zach Luevanos scored one and chased ORU starter Tim Zufall from the mound.
Offensively, Luevanos led the Cards with a 3-for-4 outing, and both Johnson and Aaron Olivas went 2-for-5 with a run batted in. On the day, LU and the visitors from Tulsa were even with 13 hits apiece.
Guillermo Trujillo took over for the Golden Eagles and gave up a single to Olivas to push the LU advantage to four. However, that'd be it for the Card line-up for a while as Trujillo went on to pick up the win off six innings of four-hit ball.
ORU (18-26, 13-8 SLC) pulled to within one in the ensuing half-frame as Trevino uncorked a two-out shot over the left field foul pole. He would answer the call again in the fifth, taking LU starter Lance Warren deep once more, putting the Golden Eagles up 6-4 after five.
Warren was pegged with his second loss of the year, tossing 4.2 innings and allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits. Will Hibbs
pitched the final 4.1 frames, allowing a pair of scores on six hits.
After giving up a run in the sixth, Lamar pulled within one in the eighth as Autrey and Jake Sutton each singled home a run. Nathan Garza made the trot from the bullpen and quelled the rally en route to his third save of the year.
Tyler Boss provided the Golden Eagle response in the ninth sending the first pitch of the ninth inning over the wall in left
Lamar, which was swept for the first time this season, will return to Southland play next weekend at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.