After being dealt a loss last Friday, pitcher Jonathan Dziedzic returned to form on Saturday with a strong seven inning performance in game two. The southpaw out of Humble struck out seven and walked just one in the game, allowing two runs on three hits to pick up his first win of the season.
The Cards once again jumped out to an early lead as Olivas, Brandon Provost, Garret Autrey and Bumpers laced together four consecutive two-out singles to score two in the second.
Columbia once again mounted a response as Mike Fischer homered in the top of the third to cut the lead in half. Jordan Serena reached base after striking out on a wild pitch, and moved to third on two more before scoring on a Nick Crucet groundout to even the game.
Another two-out rally gave LU the lead again in the third. Seth Dornak earned a walk and an Olivas double put the duo in scoring position. Provost legged out an infield single to score the first, and Autrey followed up with a double to bring another home and give the Cards a 4-2 advantage.
Olivas finished 3-for-5 with two runs.
Dziedzic bounced back in style, striking out the side in the fourth and facing just one over the minimum over this final four innings.
Lamar would score with two outs in each of the ensuing two frames with Johnson doubling and later scoring in the fourth and Autrey homering in the fifth.
Johnson ended 2-for-5 with a pair of scores, and Autrey was 3-for-5 with three RBI.
A three-run sixth that featured seven LU batters heading to the plate put the game out of reach for Columbia as the Cards took a commanding 9-2 lead.
The Lions clawed back for three runs over the final two innings, but it was too little, too late as Lamar secured a third consecutive series victory.
The Cardinals and Lions will square off again on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon.