May 8, 2012
HOUSTON - Houston Baptist used a four-run seventh inning Tuesday afternoon at Husky Field to pick up a 5-1 non-conference baseball victory over Lamar University.
The loss drops the Cardinals to 19-27 on the year, while HBU improved to 19-28. Lamar will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend for the final home series of the 2012 season. Friday night's game will be senior night and former players will be recognized before Saturday's contest.
Lamar struck first, scoring its only run in the top of the fourth inning. Third baseman Darian Johnson led off the inning with a single to right center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by first baseman Seth Dornak. Catcher Cameron Campbell then drilled a ball to right center to drive home Lamar's only run.
HBU tied the game in the fifth with a single run, before blowing the game open in the seventh. First baseman Bradley Brown walked and second baseman Tanner Kalina then reached on an error by LU pitcher Andrew Beasley. Lamar got the next two batters out, but shortstop Josh Foust tied the game with a run scoring single to left center.
Machon Trimm, Lamar's third pitcher on the day, started the seventh inning and took the loss for the Cardinals. Trimm worked 2.1 innings and allowed one run on two hits to fall to 0-4 on the year.
Third baseman Josh Martinez hit a one-out single off Trimm who was then pulled for John Gilligan. Gilligan walked David Pfuntner and then gave up a single to Foust to load the bases with one out. Jeff Abt then came in from left field to pitch. Abt's first pitch bounced past the catcher as all three Huskies were running and it was ruled a triple steal. Pinch runner Collin Hetzler stole home for the winning run.
Pfuntner then scored on a passed ball to put the Huskies up 3-1. Jake Gonzalez drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt and right fielder Kolby Arnst, who had walked, eventually came home on Abt's first balk of the year.
Curtis Jones scattered eight hits over 7.0 innings to pick up the win for HBU and even his record at 4-4. Jones struck out four and walked two on 111 pitches. Kobie Hajdik earned his third save after entering in the eighth inning with the tying run on deck. Hajdik allowed just one hit over two innings.
Johnson, Campbell and Garret Autrey each had two hits for the Cardinals who finished with nine. Brad Picha was 1-for-2 to extend his hitting streak to nine games, while Abt now has an eight-game hitting streak.