May 12, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI – A massive seventh inning rally by the Lamar baseball team was undone on Sunday afternoon as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi bounced back to re-take the lead in the eighth, going on to win 17-15 over the Cardinals at Chapman Field.
The Cards entered the seventh trailing 12-7, but a pair of Islander errors combined with some timely hitting led to an eight-run outburst. In all, 13 batters made the trot to the plate, led by V.J. Bunner and Jude Vidrine, who each reached base twice. Both Garret Autrey and Seth Dornak also picked up hits, but Islander wildness also contributed as two Cards earned walks and another two were hit by errant pitches.
Dornak led LU on the day, going 3-for-6 with two scores and four runs batted in. Vidrine also had a three hit day, scoring twice, and four other Cards had multi-hit showings. As a whole, TAMUCC claimed the advantage in the category, recording 21 to Lamar’s 16.
However, the big frame ultimately went all for naught as the relief pitching trio of Travis Moore, Brett Brown and J.T. Autrey combined to give up five scores in the seventh and eighth innings, allowing the Islanders to steal the series victory. Brown was pegged with the loss after allowing up two of the three runs in the eighth, dropping his season record to 0-3.
Lamar (34-17, 13-11 Southland) actually grabbed the first lead of the ball game, striking for two in the opening stanza. Singles by Sam Bumpers and Aaron Olivas as well as a Darian Johnson walk loaded the bases for Dornak. The senior answered the call, depositing a ball down the right field line to give LU the lead.
Bumpers finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, and Olivas was 2-for 4 as well with a pair of walks, crossing home three times.
TAMUCC cut the deficit in half in the first, but tied the game on Brad Porras single in the second. Jonathan Gonzales pushed the Islanders ahead an at-bat later on a groundout. After the hosts loaded the bases later in the frame, it looked ominous for the Cards, but David Carver made the trot from the bullpen and induced a groundball to stop the bleeding.
LU carried the momentum into the ensuing frame, beginning with Dornak singling home the game-tying tally early. Zach Luevanos earned a bases-loaded walk to push the Cards ahead again, and then Bumpers followed up with a two-run double to right center, handing Lamar the 6-3 advantage.
However, it was the Islanders’ turn for a big inning in the fourth, scoring nine to go up 12-6.
Brad Picha singled home a score to cut the deficit to five in the sixth, setting the stage for the dramatic seventh inning.
Lamar will return to action next weekend with the final series of the regular season. Nicholls will make the trip to Beaumont, and first pitch on Thursday night is set for 6:30 p.m.