Lamar holds off SLU, 4-1
BEAUMONT – Darian Johnson and Brad Picha provided the offense with back-to-back doubles in the third inning and Carter Hahn turned in a stellar outing on the mound to lead Lamar University to a 4-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Southland land Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar, who improved to 10-17 overall and 3-9 in SLC play, took two of three from the Lions this weekend for its first conference series win of the season. The Cardinals hit the road for a three-game series at Stephen F. Austin beginning with a 3 p.m. game Thursday.
Hahn (1-1) allowed one unearned run on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in seven and one-third innings pitched to earn his first win of the season. Vernnon Maxwell pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on one hit with two strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.
“Carter (Hahn) did a super job and has really matured,” said Lamar coach Jim Gilligan. “Early on in the season he was up in the strike zone. Today he was locating at the knees and mixed in a good cutter and a great change.”
Trailing 1-0, Lamar put up four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jude Vidrine singled to left field win one out to start the rally. After Seth Dornak walked, Darian Johnson doubled down the left field line to drive in Vidrine.
Brad Picha followed with a 2-run double into the left field corner, plating both Dornak and Johnson. Jeff Abt walked and Thomas Henk reached in a fielding error by catcher Jacob Fisher to load the bases. Garrett Autrey drew a bases loaded walked to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead.
“Johnson (Darian) and Picha (Brad) had two hard doubles when we needed them. As it turned out, that was all the offense Carter Hahn needed to get the win. This was a really big win for us.”
SLU started the scoring with an unearned run in the top of the second inning. Cody Gougler led off the inning with a single up the middle. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and went to third on a passed ball.
Gougler scored when pitcher Carter Hahn, covering the bag at first base, dropped the throw from first baseman Brad Picha on a ground ball hit by Brett Hoffman that should have ended the inning.
Johnson went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in to pace the Cardinals at the plate. Picha and Vidrine were the only other Cardinals to get hits.
Josh Janway (2-2) started and took the loss for the Lions. He allowed three runs on three hits with three walks and a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Jason Greenleaf pitched the final 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and did not allow a hit with five strikeouts.
Monday, April 2 2012, 01:44 AM CDT