Cardinals eliminated by Baylor
June 5, 2010
Lamar University's baseball team exited the Fort Worth Regional Saturday afternoon after a brief two-game exposure but not before Jonathan Dziedzic climbed to second on the Cardinals' one-season strikeout list.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound left-hander struck out eight Baylor batters to increase his season total to 114 in 94 innings, moving him from a tie for fourth place entering the game to second place alone. He trails only Clay Hensley, now a Florida Marlins pitcher, who struck out 127 batters for the 2002 Cardinals.
Despite holding the Bears to five hits over seven innings, Dziedzic surrendered their first four runs in the 6-4 loss and dropped to 5-6 on the season.
The Cardinals, who ended their season at 35-26, made things uncomfortable for the Bears when catcher Joey Latulippe slugged a three-run home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was Latulippe's fifth homer of the season.
Following the homer, Baylor coach Steve Smith brought Brooks Pinchkard in from center field to put down the uprising. The big right-hander retired Ted Zentek on a grounder to second base and V.J. Bunner on a foul popup to first base. The save was Pinchkard's team-leading 11th of the season.
The Bears, who suffered a disappointed 10-9 loss to Arizona in Friday's first round, will advance to another elimination game Sunday afternoon against the loser of Saturday's later game between Arizona and regional host and sixth-ranked Texas Christian University.
Dziedzic was perfect on his first tour through the Bears' lineup, setting them down in order in each of the first three innings and recording three strikeouts along the way. Those whiffs boosted him from a tie with Mike Pasqualichio of the 1995 Cardinals for fourth place on the one-season strikeout list at 106 to a tie with Rick Nesloney (1977) for second at 109.
Lamar's Ted Zentek became the game's first baserunner when he reached on a fielding error by Bear third baseman Joey Hainsfurther with one out in the bottom of the third inning. After Zentek was thrown out attempting to steal second base, V.J. Bunner got the game's first basehit with a sharp single into center field, but he was wiped out on Aaron Buchanan's fielder's choice grounder to end the inning.
Left fielder Logan Vick broke Dziredzic's consecutive-out string at nine by drawing a leadoff walk in the fourth inning, and Brooks Pinckard sacrificed him to second base. Logan eventually stole third, and he came in to score the game's initial run on Hainsfurther's single up the middle.
A 6-4-3 double play got Dziedzic out of the fourth, and the freshman from Humble Atascocita made Max Muncy his fourth strikeout victim of the game and 110th of the season in the bottom of the inning, moving him into second place alone.
Dziedzic issued a two-out walk to Josh Ludy in the fifth inning, however, and 9-hole hitter Landis Ware grounded a single into center field to precede Vick's big two-run double into the right-field gap to increase Baylor's lead to 3-0.
The Cardinals' deficit grew to 4-0 in the sixth inning when Hainsfurther beat out an infield single, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and came around on Greg Glime's two-out single into left field.
A leadoff triple into center field by Bunner set up Lamar's first run in the sixth inning. He came in to score on Andy Mena's grounder on which shortstop Ware made the Bears' second error of the afternoon. When Wade Mathis doubled into the right field corner to move Mena to third base with two outs in the inning, Bear coach summoned reliever Josh Turley from the bullpen to end the threat with a popup to right field by Ryan Meade.
Dziedzic departed after seven innings, and the Bears promptly added a couple of insurance runs off reliever Eric Harrington in the eighth on a single back to the mound by Cal Towey, a double down the left field line by Raynor Campbell and Muncy's two-run single into center field.