Baseball's Comeback Falls Short At Lamar, 4-2
March 8, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - The UMass baseball team out-hit Lamar and had the tying runs on base with one out in the ninth inning, but the comeback fell short as the squad fell, 4-2 on Friday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium. Following the setback, the Minutemen are 1-3 to start the year, while the Cardinals improve to 12-2.
After a pair of scoreless innings to open the contest, Lamar took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. V.J. Bunner drew a leadoff walk in the third, moved to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a ground ball and scored on an RBI single through the right side by Darian Johnson.
The Cardinals then increased their advantage to 3-0 in the fifth. Zach Luevanos dropped a leadoff single into center and Bunner drove him in with a one-out double to right center. Bunner came in for the squad's second run of the frame on an RBI single up the middle by Johnson with two away.
In the team's next turn at bat, though, UMass pulled within one with two runs on three hits. Redshirt junior Ryan Cusick, senior Anthony Serino and junior Rob McLam began the inning with three straight singles, while junior Nik Campero drew a bases loaded walk to force in Cusick. Serino then scored on a double play ball to cut the gap to 3-2.
Lamar added an insurance run in the seventh as Jude Vidrine was hit by a pitch, went to third on a double by Johnson and came home on a wild pitch.
The Minutemen put the tying runs on first and second with one away in the ninth courtesy of a single and a walk, but David Carver induced a game-ending double play to earn the save (2) in one inning on the hill. Carver allowed one hit and walked one.
Senior D.J. Jauss (0-2) took the loss for UMass as he let up three runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Eric Harrington logged the win (3-0) for the Cardinals. He tossed eight innings and allowed two runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out nine.
Offensively, UMass' 1-2-3 hitters Cusick (2-for-4), Serino (2-for-3) and McLam (2-for-4) had six of the Minutemen's nine hits, going a combined 6-for-11 in the contest. Cusick and Serino both scored runs, as well.
Johnson finished with three of Lamar's seven hits with a 3-for-5 day and two RBI.
The teams will continue their four-game weekend series with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.