Lamar University scratched some early runs together and downed Texas Southern 3-2 in its final home midweek contest on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action.

LU pitching efforts held the Tigers hitless in the final five innings. Senior Brent Janak pitched three of those five innings and was perfect with four strikeouts.

Senior Galen Andrews tossed an inning and Tanner Driskill earned a save with his work in the ninth inning. Junior Ryan Johnson started the game for the Cardinals and pitched four solid innings.

The win over Texas Southern was a team effort, in which both the offense and defense worked together with the pitchers to shut down the Tigers.

Twice in the first four innings the Cardinals turned a double play.

In the third, catcher Bryndan Arrendondo chopped down a runner stealing second, which ended an inning. Junior Grant DeVore and Trey Silvers made a diving stab at a ball, corralled it and also made considerable contributions to keeping the Tigers off the diamond.

Offensive players Cutter McDowell, Robin Adames and Cutter McDowell worked to add runs to the board.

Texas Southern tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth on three-straight hits.

The Cards took the lead back in the bottom of the inning to finish the game.

LU returns to the field Friday at 6 p.m. to open a three-game Southland Conference series with Nicholls. The second game begins at 2 p.m. Saturday with the finale Sunday at 1 p.m.

Compiled by Cassandra Jenkins

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