May 19, 2012
SAN ANTONIO - Darian Johnson and Cameron Campbell each pounded out three hits Saturday at Roadrunner Field, and Machon Trimm had his best outing of the season, as Lamar University closed the 2012 baseball season with a 7-2 Southland Conference victory at UTSA.
For the first time since the 2000 season, Lamar did not qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament. The Cardinals close the year with a 22-30 overall record and a 14-19 conference mark, while UTSA fell to 22-32 on the year and 11-21 in league play.
Lamar jumped on top in the first inning with three runs. Right fielder Jude Vidrine led off with a walk and moved to second on a Jeff Abt single. Johnson then reached on a fielder's choice as Vidrine was thrown out at third.
First baseman Brad Picha followed with a walk to load the bases with one out. Seth Dornak delivered a run-scoring single to right field to plate Abt with the first run of the game. Garret Autrey followed with a sacrifice fly to score Johnson, and Campbell doubled to right to drive in Picha with the final run of the inning.
Trimm earned his first win of the season against four losses by pitching a season-high 6.2 innings. The senior from Pearland allowed just one run on two hits to lower his earned run average to 3.83 on the year.
The Cardinals, who finished the game with 15 hits to give them 51 for the three-game series, added single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to build their lead to 6-0.
Vidrine doubled to left center with one out in the second and scored on Johnson's single to center field. It was Johnson who would score in the fourth as he doubled with two outs and came home on Picha's team-leading 38th RBI of the season.
The fifth inning saw Campbell triple to right field with one out. Wayne Stanley
, who got the start at shortstop, came through with a RBI single to left to stake the Cardinals to a 6-0 lead.
UTSA finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning. With runners on the corners, catcher P.D. McIntyre hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home the first run.
Lamar answered right back with a score in the top of the seventh inning. Second baseman V.J. Bunner hit his first home run since the 2009 season over the left field wall to give the Cardinals their final run of the game.
UTSA added a run in the ninth off Lamar reliever Collin Chapman. Pinch hitter Riley Good led off with a double and scored two batters later on a single to right field by third baseman Ryan Dalton. After giving up another single, Chapman gave way to Andrew Beasley who recorded the final two outs of the game.
Michael Kraft started and took the loss for UTSA to fall to 8-6 on the season. Kraft gave up 11 hits and six earned runs in 4.2 innings.