May 6, 2012
SAN MARCOS - First baseman Brad Picha delivered a career-high four runs batted in, and junior Carter Hahn pitched eight strong innings, as Lamar University picked up an 8-4 victory in the final game of its Southland Conference baseball series at Texas State.
The Cardinals salvaged a win in the three-game series to improve to 19-26 on the year and 11-16 in Southland Conference play. Lamar started the day tied for 10th with the top eight teams qualifying for the league tournament. Before hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend, Lamar will play a non-conference game at Houston Baptist on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Hahn worked eight plus innings to improve to 2-3 on the year. The right hander held the Bobcats (27-18 overall, 15-12 in the Southland) hitless until Colby Targun led off the fifth inning with a single. Hahn would allow five hits and three earned runs before running into trouble in the ninth.
Hahn gave up a leadoff single to Morgan Mickan and then allowed a walk to Jeff McVaney in the bottom of the ninth before giving way to Collin Chapman. Chapman gave up a RBI single to Casey Kalenkosky before getting Targun to ground into a double play.
Chapman then allowed a pair of base runners and a run scoring single to Ben McElroy to make it an 8-4 game. Machon Trimm would then come in for Lamar and face just one batter for his second save of the season. Trimm got Garrett Mattlage to ground out to second to end the game.
Lamar opened the scoring in the fourth inning as Picha delivered his 14th double of the season to drive home Darian Johnson and Jeff Abt. Shortstop Aaron Olivas, one of four Cardinals to finish the day with two hits, plated Picha with a two-out single through the right side that made it a 3-0 game.
The Cardinals then exploded for five runs in the seventh inning to chase Bobcat starter Kyle Finnegan from the game. Finnegan, who allowed six runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings, took the loss to fall to 5-5.
Olivas, catcher Tommy Henk and second baseman V.J. Bunner all singled with one out in the seventh frame to load the bases and force the pitching change. Ross Goebel came on to pitch for Texas State but could not record an out.
Jude Vidrine singled to right off Goebel to score Olivas and Darian Johnson followed with a RBI single that scored Henk and left the bases loaded. Covey Morrow came on to pitch and promptly gave up a run scoring single to Abt. Picha, who finished 2-for-4, would then single to left center to score two more runs and give the Cardinals an 8-0 lead.
McVaney led off the seventh inning with his eighth home run of the year to score the Bobcats' first run of the game.
Picha and Vidrine each extended their hitting streaks to eight games, while Abt will carry a seven-game hitting streak into Tuesday's game at HBU. Abt has also reached base in 20 straight games for the Cardinals' longest such streak this season.