May 20, 2005
BEAUMONT - Sophomore Derrick Gordon turned in a solid outing on the mound, but the Cardinal bats were limited to five hits at Texas State posted a 5-1 win over Lamar Friday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Southland Conference baseball action.
Lamar dropped to 34-21 overall and 15-11 in SLC play. Texas State improved to 32-24 overall and 15-11 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Bobcats will close out the three-game series today at 1 p.m. with the winner claiming second place in the league standings and the No. 2 seed at the SLC Tournament in Natchitoches, La.
The Cardinals started the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Colt Crawford singled to center field and scored on Michael Ambort's double down the right field line to put Lamar up 1-0.
Texas State struck for a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second inning. Elliott Babcock led off the inning with a double to straight away center field. Jose Rodriguez reached on a fielding error by Adrian Cantu at third base.
Cody Ross reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt when Cantu failed to catch Gordon's throw to force out the lead runner at third base. Babcock came in to score on the play as the ball went into foul territory down the left field line. Dawid Bednarek singled to center field to drive in Rodriguez and give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Texas State added three more runs in the top of the eighth inning. Nolan Mast led off the inning with a double down the left field line. A wild pitch by reliever Scott Meyer allowed Mast to get to third base and Kyle Anson drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Babcock drew a walk, Rodriguez singled to right field and pinch-hitter Kyle Jones singled to right field to load the bases. Bednarek, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI, drove in both runners with a bloop single down the right field line to make the score 5-1.
Lamar tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth. Cantu led off the inning with a single to center field, but Jeremy Gray
followed by hitting into a double play. Collin Delome
tripled to right center field, which was his seventh three-bagger of the season and set a new Lamar single-season record. Chase Richards
struck out to end the game.
Gordon (4-6) pitched well, but took the loss for the Cardinals. He allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in seven innings pitched. Meyer allowed two runs on two hits with a walk in one-third of an inning pitched.
Bobby Sawicki (7-2) pitched a complete-game for the Bobcats, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks in nine innings pitched.