Lamar Takes Doubleheader From Huskies
Feb. 23, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - A four-run rally in the eighth lifted the Lamar baseball team to a 6-3 win over Washington and secured a doubleheader sweep for the Cardinals Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium. Lamar won the first game of the twinbill, 3-1.
Lamar (6-2) got a pair of complete-game efforts from it starting pitchers as Collin Chapman and Eric Harrington both went the route for the home team. Washington fell to 2-5 with the loss, having beaten Lamar, 8-2, in the series opener on Friday.
As there's been in every UW game prior to today, there were runs scored in the first inning of the opening game as both teams got on the board. In the end, those proved to be the only runs of the game.
But that lead was short-lived as the Cardinals got back-to-back doubles from V.J. Bunner and Jude Vidrine to open up the bottom of the first, with Vidrine's driving in Bunner. Later in the first, Brad Picha singled to plate Vidrine, and a bases-loaded ground out from Brandon Provost made it 3-1.
From there, both starting pitchers settled in as neither team was able to push across another run. Husky starter Nick Palewicz (1-1) took the loss, though he allowed just one hit over the next six innings after giving three runs on five hits in the first. Chapman (1-0) allowed one run on six hits over the nine innings for the win.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Lamar posted the game's first run in the second inning. Thanks a runner caught stealing, the Cardinals hadn't yet scored despite a double, two singles and a walk, but a sacrifice fly from shortstop Sam Bumpers brought home a runner from third to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
However, the Huskies answered quickly in the following inning as Ely and Brian Wolfe opened the third with back-to-back singles and, after an out, Robert Pehl belted the first UW home run of the season over the left-field fence to give Washington a 3-1 lead. It was, in fact, the first home run in a Husky game this season, by either team.
Vidrine closed the gap when he led off the sixth inning with a homer. In the eighth, the Cardinals rallied. After back-to-back singles from Darian Johnson and Picha, a single from Seth Dornak tied the score at 3-3. With the bases loaded after another single, catcher Zach Luevanos singled to clear the bases, giving the Cardinals a 6-3 lead.
Harrington (2-0) gave up three runs on nine hits over nine innings for the victory. Husky starter Tyler Davis went five-plus innings, allowing two runs, but didn't figure in the decision. Closer Tyler Kane (0-1) gave up the four runs in the eighth to take the loss.
The Huskies and Cardinal close out the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. CT/11:00 a.m. PT game.