Cards Clinch Series With 4-1 Win Over SFA
April 27, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Cardinals scored a pair of early runs and starting pitcher Eric Harrington and the Lamar pitching staff made that hold up over Stephen F. Austin in a 4-1 Cardinal win on Saturday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Harrington allowed just one run in 7.1 innings, upping his record to 7-1 on the year and moving to 4-0 in his career again the Lumberjacks (23-20, 10-7 SLC), who dropped consecutive games for the first time in league play this year and will need a Sunday win over the Cardinals (32-11, 11-6 SLC) to avoid being swept for the first time this season in a Southland series.
LU reliever Travis Moore tossed the final 1.2 innings for his second save of the year, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before throwing a scoreless ninth.
SFA out-hit the Cardinals for the second consecutive game, 12-10, but was just six-for-18 with runners on base in spoiling a great start from Kyle Cross, who fell to 4-5 with the loss despite allowing just four runs with four strikeouts in 7.1 innings, just missing his second complete game of the year.
Ricardo Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a walk in five plate appearances to pace the SFA offense, but the `Jacks stranded 10 runners on the day, including hitting into inning-ending double plays in the fourth and sixth innings after leaving a pair on in the second and third innings, and later leaving the bases loaded in the top of the eighth.
Hunter Dozier also had a pair of hits, while eight of nine hitters in the SFA lineup had at least one hit on the day.
The bottom of the order did plenty of damage for the Cardinals as the final two hitters in the LU lineup - Aaron Olivas and Zach Luevanos combined for three hits and three RBI, including both run-scoring hits in a two-run bottom of the second, putting Lamar up 2-0.
SFA was unable to score despite a pair of singles to open the inning from Jordan Camel and Rene' Moreda, and had two runners on in the fourth with one out as well before Harrington coaxed a double-play ball off the bat of Joseph Olson.
Cross left a runner on base in four straight scoreless innings after allowing the two runs in the second before SFA put together another offensive threat in the sixth on a leadoff single from Dozier and a one-out walk from Sanchez; however, Harrington was once again the beneficiary of the two-ball, getting SFA first baseman Max Lamantia to hit into a 5-4-3 double play on the first pitch he saw to end the threat.
Lamar got another run in the seventh with a two-out rally that started in with a two-out walk to Jude Vidrine, who scored two batters later on an RBI single from Brad Picha to push the lead to 3-0.
SFA had its best chance to knot the score in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double from Zach Benson and a single from Dozier to set up Freddy Villalobos, who singled to left field to score Benson and cut the lead to 3-1. That hit chased Harrington and brought in Moore, who immediately loaded the bases by allowing a single to Sanchez. But the rally did not last long as Moore got Lamantia to pop out on the infield before Mackenzie Handel flied out to center field to leave the bases loaded.
Lamar got the run back in the bottom of the inning on Olivas' second RBI single of the day, this one scoring Garrett Autrey to up the lead back to 4-1. Moore then struck out the first two hitters of the ninth ahead of two-out single from pinch hitter Jordon Lenaburg before getting Benson to foul out to close the game.
SFA will try and avoid the sweep on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. behind right-hander Cameron Gann. The Cardinals will throw its second lefty of the weekend, Lance Warren.