The Sam Houston baseball team was unable to get the timely hits when it really mattered, late in the game down by just one run, as they lost 6-5 to Lamar and dropped the third series of the season. The Bearkats (26-14, 10-8 SLC) will look to rebound against nationally-ranked Houston Tuesday on the road.
The Cardinals scored in the first inning, just as they did in every game of the series, to take a 2-0 lead.
The Bearkats were able to grab the lead right back with three runs in the top of the second. With two on and two outs left fielder Luke Plucheck singled to score third baseman Carter Burgess. Center fielder Colt Atwood had the big hit with a two-RBI double to right center.
Lamar tied the game on an RBI-groundout in the third inning and the Kats took the lead back, 4-3, on an LU error in the fifth.
Starter Sam Odom issued a pair of one-out walks in the bottom of the fifth and was replaced by Alan Scott. The tall lefty allowed three runs on three singles to give Lamar a 6-3 lead.
SHSU had a great chance to get the runs back in the top of the sixth. After second baseman Shea Pierce doubled and catcher Hunter Courson singled the Kats had runners on the corners with one out but could only manage one run, on a fielder’s choice groundout by Plucheck.
First baseman Ryan O’Hearn doubled to lead off the seventh but was stranded there. Shortstop Corey Toups led off the eighth with a walk and was sacrificed to second but the Kats couldn’t get him around.
The top of the order went in order in the ninth inning to end the game.
Sam Houston returns to Don Sanders Stadium next weekend for another crucial league series against first place Southeastern Louisiana.