BEAUMONT — “Our pitching really held us in the game, and getting that hit was just amazing,” Olivas said. “It got a little bit frustrating, but we just had to stay focused and then it came through. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
Olivas finished the game 3-for-8 at the plate. V.J. Bunner was the only other player to record multiple hits, going 2-for-8, and as a team, Lamar out-hit McNeese 9-6.
McNeese was stellar on the mound with starter Blake Ware allowing three hits in 10.2 innings of work, and Sam Peterson tossing another scoreless 5.1 before Trey McGee was pegged with the loss.
Dziedzic, who now sits second in school history with 262 strikeouts, was feeling it early as he faced just two hitters over the minimum through seven innings of work with nine Ks. The first real test for the junior came in the eighth. Cowboy hitter Andrew Guillote beat out a great play by Bunner at second base for an infield single, but fellow Cowboy Cameron Toole was not as successful as Cardinal first baseman Brad Picha gunned him down at the plate to get out of the frame.
Dziedzic regrouped, mowing down the side in order in both the ninth and 10th frames, paving the way for Moore.
“Obviously, it went pretty well today,” Dziedzic said of his performance. “I had all of my stuff working. When you come out of the game like that, you’re just hoping to get the win. It’s great to see Moore come out and pick up from there. He was just filling up the strike zone.”
Moore tossed a perfect four innings before Tyler Klouser led off the 15th with a double. An intentional walk and a throwing error by LU catcher Zach Luevanos put the freshman into a bases-loaded jam, but the Cowboys (13-9, 1-1 SLC) were left flailing as Moore struck out the ensuing three hitters to send the game into the 16th.