Rally Falls Short, Lamar Completes Sweep
April 28, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks out-hit the Lamar Cardinals for the third consecutive game, but struggled to turn those hits into runs once again, falling 4-3 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
SFA (23-21, 10-8 SLC) trailed 4-1 going into the ninth, but plated two runs and nearly tied the game on a shot from Joseph Olson that hit off the top of the left-field wall. Still, the `Jacks had a pair of runners on with just one out in the inning, but Cardinal (33-11, 12-6 SLC) reliever Chase Angelle got the second double-play ball of the afternoon to end the game with Lumberjack slugger Hunter Dozier left on deck.
Four SFA pitchers allowed just six Cardinal hits on the day, but issued three bases-loaded walks to aid the Lamar offensive effort. Meanwhile, the `Jacks scratched out nine hits, but was just four-for-16 with runners on base and stranded eight base runners. The `Jacks finished the weekend by out-hitting Lamar 34 to 24, but scored just four runs in the final 26 innings of the series in being swept for the first time in league play this season.
Cameron Gann got his first weekend start in three weeks and took the loss, falling to 3-6 on the year. He allowed four runs in 4.1 innings of work, striking out XX and allowing six hits. Cass Ingvardsen, Justin Hunsaker, Chris Hassold and Garrett Powell combined to go the remaining four innings, not allowing a run or a hit.
Jerin Spikes was one of six Cardinal pitchers to see work, and was credited with the win to go to 2-1 on the year with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Angelle got the game's final two outs to earn his first save of the season.
Singles from Benson and Dozier set up SFA's only run of the day in the top of the first off of LU starter Lance Warren with Benson scoring on a fielder's choice from Freddy Villalobos. But the lead did not last long with the Cardinals answering with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded walk by Seth Dornak.
Gann then put up scoreless frames in the second and third before a leadoff walk led to a Cardinal run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Zach Luevanos. One inning later the Cards added two more runs on just one hit, taking advantage of four SFA free passes and scoring two more runs on a pair of bases-loaded walks.
The bullpen then kept Lamar at bay for the next three innings, giving the SFA offense an opportunity for a comeback. The `Jacks were not able to get anything going until the ninth, starting the rally with a leadoff single from Jackson Hood. Handel followed with a double to deep center field that scored Hood, and one batter later Olson just missed tying the game, slamming a 1-1 pitch off the top of the left-field wall that scored pinch runner Gevon Jackson to cut the lead to 4-3.
Angelle then entered and promptly put the go-ahead runner on base, hitting pinch hitter Jordan Camel to bring up Brett Thornell; however, Angelle coaxed a hard, one-hope grounder to shortstop and Bumpers turned the double play on his own to end the game and complete the sweep.
The `Jacks will try and get back in the win column on Tuesday at UALR before hosting Northwestern State for three games this weekend in Nacogdoches.