Lamar Baseball routs Cal State Northridge 14-1
– Senior Wade Mathis pounded out three hits on Friday night at
Vincent-Beck Stadium, including his second home run of the season, as
the Lamar University baseball team rebounded from a Thursday loss to San Francisco to pound Cal State-Northridge 14-1 on day two of the YMBL/Cardinal Classic.
Cardinals improved to 7-5 on the season, while the Matadors fell to
5-5. Lamar will continue play on Saturday afternoon at 3 against New Mexico State. The Aggies (9-1), who will take on San Francisco in the first game of the day at 11 a.m., fell to San Francisco on Thursday by a 12-1 score.
hitters gave starting pitcher Eric Harrington an early lead as they
posted three runs in the first inning. The big hit in the inning was a
two-out single to left field off the bat of Cameron Johnson that drove
in a pair of runs.
That was more than enough offense for the junior right hander from Groves
who went seven strong innings. Harrington allowed just four hits and
one run while striking out three to improve to 2-0 on the year and drop
his earned run average to 3.20.
was good to see Harrington throw over 100 pitches,” said LU head coach
Jim Gilligan. “He needed to go deep into a game as we get ready for the
built onto its lead in the third inning with a pair of runs that made
it 5-0. Kevin Roebuck led off with a walk and moved to third on a single
by Mathis. Joey Latulippe drove Roebuck home with a sacrifice bunt, and
reached on an error by starting pitcher Vincent Roberts. Mathis would
score two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Pablo Salinas.
was good to get the three runs in the first inning,” said Gilligan. “It
was important to build off of that, and we did. Some of our struggles
had been technique. It’s something the guys have been working hard at
the last few days.”
Matadors finally broke through in the fifth inning on a bases loaded
walk given up to Drew Muren. Harrington would get out of the jam to
limit Cal State-Northridge to its only run of the game.
scoring one in the sixth, the Cardinals exploded for five runs in the
seventh. The first seven LU batters reached base in the inning, causing
the Matadors to use three different relievers in that inning alone.
tacked on three more runs in the eighth to close out the scoring. The
big blast was a leadoff home run by Mathis over the right field wall.
Three batters later, second baseman Andy Mena smacked a two-run double
into left center that went all the way to the wall and plated Salinas and Cameron Campbell.
finished with just one hit on the day, but drove in three runs. Mena
added three RBI, as well, while nine different Cardinals had at least
one of LU’s 13 hits.
Roebuck pitched a scoreless eighth for Lamar before John Gilligan
closed it out in the ninth. Gilligan struck out a pair of Matadors in
closing out the game.
(0-3) took the loss for Cal State-Northridge, pitching 5.2 innings and
allowing six runs on five hits. Five of the runs were earned, and
Roberts also walked four batters while striking out six.
Catcher Marty Bowen and second baseman T.S. Reed each had two hits for the Matadors.