The Cardinal baseball team hosted five home games last week, defeating New Orleans and Grambling before completing a Southland Conference sweep over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6-4, Saturday, at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Islanders began the game with a quick home run by junior Jackson Owens over left field. His run went unanswered as the pitchers battled it out for the next two innings, both teams going three up and three down.
The Cardinals hit their hot spot in the third inning, gaining four runs. Infielder Grant DeVore hit a double and was soon followed by outfielders Cutter McDowell and Reid Russell after an error and a walk. The bases were loaded when sophomore Robin Adames stepped up to the plate and received another walk to bring in DeVore and tie the score 1-1.
A single by senior infielder Trey Silvers brought in McDowell to take the lead 2-1. The Lamar line-up next brought up power hitter Chad Flesichman who reached first base on a fielder’s choice. A throw from third to second recorded LU’s first out and sent Silvers back to the dugout, but not before Russell reached home and tacked another point onto the scoreboard. The final run of the inning came after freshman Payton Robertson hit a line drive to left field, giving Adames enough time to reach home plate and end the frame 4-1.
The Islanders attempted to catch up to LU in the fifth inning when an RBI by infielder Luke Marbach allowed his teammate at third to cut the score to a two-run lead.
The Cards scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to keep ahead of the Islanders. A double by freshman Cole Coker brought in Silvers from third and Robertson reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Coker to complete his run around the bases.
Texas A&M Corpus-Christi attempted to close the gap once more in the seventh inning with two runs of their own, but they couldn’t rally enough in the last two innings to gain the lead after Tanner Driskill substituted for LU starting pitcher Jace Campbell.
Campbell walked off the field facing 25 batters on 87 pitches, giving up no walks and only one earned run.
“I felt good,” Campbell said. “My fast ball was working, and I got to try my secondary stuff and keep them off balance. Late in the game I started to give them a couple hits, but for the most part I felt good and I felt like I gave my hitters a chance to go for it.”
The Cardinals swept the Islanders after a 4-2 win Thursday’s first game, and an 8-2 victory in Friday’s middle game.
“It feels good to take another sweep,” second baseman Coker said. “It feels really good, especially on a beautiful day like this — it doesn’t get better than that.”
LU travelled to Louisiana to play LSU, Tuesday. Score was unavailable at time of printing.
The Cardinals hope for another sweep when they return to SLC play and face Abilene Christian in Abilene, April 21 – 23.
UP staff writer