May 11, 2012
BEAUMONT - A trio of Cardinals had three hits Friday evening at Vincent-Beck Stadium, but Lamar University managed to push across just two runs in dropping a Southland Conference baseball game to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by a 5-2 score.
With just five conference games remaining in the regular season, Lamar will likely have to win at least four of them to qualify for the eight-team Southland Conference Tournament. The loss drops the Cardinals to 19-28 overall and 11-17 in league play.
Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (22-27 overall, 13-15 in the Southland) will continue the three-game series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Prior to the game, former players from the 1967-72 teams will be recognized on the field.
After falling behind 5-0, Lamar rallied for a pair of runs in the sixth inning. First baseman Brad Picha reached on a fielder's choice and left fielder Jeff Abt followed with a two-out walk. Seth Dornak, who was 3-for-4, delivered a single up the middle to plate Picha for Lamar's first run.
Catcher Zach Luevanos, also 3-for-4 in the game, then singled to right field to drive in Abt and make it a 5-2 game.
That would be all the scoring Lamar could muster off Islander ace Daniel Minor who scattered 10 hits over nine innings to improve to 9-2 on the year. Minor struck out 10 Cardinals and allowed just one walk.
The Islanders scored a run in the top of the first inning as shortstop Drew Vest led off the game with a double down the left field line. Vest moved to third on a ground out and then came home on a run-scoring single from Jonathan Gonzales.
AMCC would add two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth off LU starter Jonathan Dziedzic. The left hander worked 8.0 innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts. Dziedzic would take the loss to fall to 4-4 on the year.
The big blow in the fourth inning was a RBI triple from left fielder Jordan Lee. He would then come home on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Weston Montgomery to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi plated two more runs in the fifth as center fielder Eric Weiss delivered a double to right center that scored Vest and Omar Garcia.
In addition to Dornak and Luevanos, center fielder Garret Autrey had three hits for the Cardinals. Picha went 0-for-4 to put an end to his nine-game hitting streak, while Abt was 0-for-3 to halt his eight-game streak.
Vest, Lee and Montgomery each picked up two hits for the Islanders.