BASEBALL: Young Lamar lineup comes up short on offense in doubleheader

Published 9:25 pm Saturday, February 24, 2018

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BEAUMONT – With a combined six runs scored in two games Saturday, pitchers ruled once again in a doubleheader featuring Lamar (3-5) and Hofstra (2-2). The Cardinals held a 1-0 lead through eight innings of the first game only to fall 3-2 in extras, and the Pride took a 1-0 lead the distance in a scheduled seven-inning game, throwing out a runner at home to prevent extra innings.

Lamar struck early in Saturday’s first game, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. A sac bunt from Payton Robertson pushed Chase Whetsel across and Chad McKinney on second.

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Grason Wright wowed in his debut as a starter, striking out three in four scoreless innings.

Tanner Driskill came in to close out the game in the ninth with Lamar still holding a 1-0 lead, but a bit of bad luck kept the game from going Lamar’s way in the end. Two singles, a wild pitch, and an error in the top of the ninth opened the door for Hofstra; the Pride turned that into a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Jack Dallas, AbeRee Hiebert, and Kristjan Storrie blazed through 30 Hofstra batters in the series finale.

The Pride’s 6’9” starter, Seamus Brazill, threw a complete-game no-hitter, striking out five while allowing four walks and beaning one.