May 12, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar University's hopes of qualifying for the Southland Conference Tournament took a severe hit Saturday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defeated Lamar 9-3 in Southland Conference baseball action.
The Cardinals, 19-29 overall, find themselves in 11th place with an 11-18 conference mark and four Southland games left to play. Lamar and AMCC (23-27 overall, 14-15 in the Southland) will close the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in a game that will be televised live by Fox 4.
Lamar, which lost 5-2 to the Islanders in the series opener Friday evening, will close the regular season next weekend at UTSA. The top eight teams qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament to be held at Texas State's Bobcat Field on May 23-26.
The Islanders scored the first run of the game in the third inning as second baseman Jeramie Marek led off with a double and came home on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Jordan Lee.
AMCC tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning off Lamar starter Eric Harrington. Stafford Brantley, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI, led off the inning with a single and stole second. After a Santiago Ruiz groundout, Jeramie Marek was hit by a Harrington pitch to put two runners on.
Dan Sciantarelli singled to center field for one of his three RBI on the day, followed by a Lee double down the right field line that plated Marek with the second run of the inning. Shortstop Weston Montgomery then drove in the final run of the inning with a single to left center.
Harrington would give up two more runs in the sixth inning before being pulled for Collin Chapman. Brad Porras doubled off Harrington to lead off the sixth and Brantley followed with his third home run of the season.
Harrington took the loss for Lamar to fall to 3-8 on the season after allowing six earned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.
Lamar finally broke through with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Second baseman David Harris
led off with a double and came home with the Cardinals' first run on a single off the bat of shortstop Aaron Olivas
The Cardinals matched the two runs the Islanders scored in the top of the sixth with two runs of their own in the home half of the inning. After Brad Picha led off with a single, Seth Dornak reached on a fielder's choice. Jeff Abt, who went 3-for-4 and has now reached base safely in 23 straight games, doubled down the left field line to move Dornak to third. Catcher Zach Luevanos singled to center to drive in both runners and pull Lamar to within 6-3.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, AMCC added three more runs in the eighth and reliever Marc Damon held the Cardinals to just two hits over the final 3.2 innings for his first save of the season.
With one run already on the board in the eighth, Sciantarelli drilled a Chapman offering over the right centerfield fence for a two-run home run. Chapman allowed three earned runs on three hits in his two innings.
Trevor Foss started and earned the win for the Islanders to improve to 3-6 on the year. Foss allowed seven of Lamar's nine hits and all three runs with just one walk.