May 24, 2007
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Lamar was out hit 10 to five and outscored 7-3 as fourth-seeded Sam Houston State handed the second-seeded Cardinals a 7-3 loss Thursday on day two of the 2007 Southland Conference baseball tournament at Brown-Stroud Field.
Lamar dropped to 34-24 overall and Sam Houston State improved to 36-22. The Cardinals will face No. 1-seed Texas-San Antonio Friday at 11 a.m. in an elimination game. The Roadrunners lost 9-6 to No. 3-seed Texas State Thursday afternoon. The Bobcats will face No. 6-seed Stephen F. Austin Friday at 3 p.m. and the winner of the Lamar-UTSA game will face Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.
SHSU struck first with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Austin Boggs, who was 2-for-3, led off with a double to left field. Heath Pugh, who was 2-for-4, drove in Boggs with a two-out double off the base of the wall in left center field to give the Bearkats a 1-0 lead.
The Bearkats added an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Karl Krailo reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Travis Dunson. After Austin Boggs sacrificed him to third base, Krailo scored on a wild pitch by Lamar starter Brian Sisk.
SHSU took advantage of some sloppy Lamar defense in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jeremy Holzbach reached on a three-base throwing error by catcher Jeff Vickers on a bunt. Clint Mann followed with an RBI single up the middle.
Keith Stein reached on a bunt single and Bobby Verbick singled to left field to load the bases. Krailo drove in Mann with a sacrifice fly to right field to put the Bearkats up 4-0. Boggs grounded into an inning ending double play.
Lamar rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull to within a run at 4-3. Erik Kanaby, who went 2-for-3, led off the inning with a walk. Collin DeLome was hit by a pitcher from SHSU starter Jesse Marshall with one out. Michael Ambort, who was 1-for-3, drove in Kanaby with a double to right center field. Dan Hernandez, who was 1-for-3, cleared the bases with a 2-run double to left center field.
Mann, who was 2-for-5, doubled off the glove of Hernandez at first base with one out in the bottom of the seventh for the Bearkats. Verbick was hit by a pitch with two outs and Krailo walked to load the bases.
After Tim Erickson replaced Sisk on the mound for the Cardinals, Boggs delivered a 2-run single to center field. Nick Zaleski followed with an RBI single to right center field to give SHSU a 7-3 lead.
Sisk (11-3) took the loss for the Cardinals, allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven this with two walks and three strikeouts in six and two-third innings pitched. Marshall (8-3) picked up the win for the Bearkats, allowing three runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Tim Gray pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to earn his first save of the season.