Published 12:02 am Sunday, March 12, 2017

HUNTSVILLE —  Sam Houston built a lead with a four-run fifth inning that Lamar baseball fell just short of matching when the Cardinals fell 6-4 to the Bearkats at Don Sanders Stadium in Southland Conference action Saturday night.

The Bearkats had eight hits of their 13 hits in that one inning.

Down 6-1, the Cardinals tried to mount their comeback, and pulled to within two in the very next frame (top of the sixth). Reid Russell —who reached base every time up Saturday — started it with a one-out line drive to left field. Adames followed him with full-count walk before Trey Silver uncorked his team-leading third home run of the season, again on a full count.

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Silvers was responsible for every single run scored for LU after he claimed his first four-RBI game – second for LU – of the season.

Jace Campbell (1-1) suffered his first loss of the year on 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks. Brett Brown relieved him and allowed one run on four hits before Ryan Cawthon took over and ended the game.

Lamar will look to avoid the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. in the series finale. They continue action back at Vincent-Beck Stadium Tuesday and Wednesday, both at 4 p.m., against Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern, respectively.