BEAUMONT – On a night where seemingly everything went right for Tarleton, they could not find the timely run that was needed to close the game out. They fell 4-3 in 10 innings to Lamar on Thursday evening at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont, Texas.
Tarleton (17-34, 10-18 WAC) starting pitcher Luke Baley was masterful in 6.0 innings of work. He allowed just two runs on three hits, striking out four Cardinals (34-19, 18-10 WAC). He exited the game with the 3-2 Texan lead in tow.
Lamar starting pitcher Braxton Douthit threw 7.0 innings. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on four hits and struck out six, throwing 101 pitches.
Tarleton was led offensively by London Green who had two hits and Colby Seltzer who finished with a hit and two RBI. Taylor Daniell chipped in a hit and an RBI.
The Texans pushed across all three of their runs in the fourth inning. Green got the inning started with a double to right-center field. Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo reached on an error by the third baseman in the next at-bat as he laid down a sacrifice bunt. Daniell then hit a bloop single in front of the left fielder to score Green for the first run of the game for either team. Seltzer delivered a two-run double down the left field line to score Daniell and Choy-Foo, giving Tarleton a 3-0 lead.
Zane Badmaev (L, 2-3) entered in the seventh for Baley and immediately ran into trouble with Tarleton up 3-2. He walked a batter, hit another and then Corey Young committed a throwing error to load the bases with no outs. Lamar was able to push a run across thanks to a Kevin Bermudez RBI single through the left side with one out to tie the game at three, but Badmaev held them there and got the two outs the Texans needed to keep it a tie. Bermudez led the Cardinals with three hits.
Both teams were held scoreless in the eighth and ninth. Badmaev pitched both for the Texans striking out three across the two innings. The Texans used a 4-6-3 double play in the eighth to hold Lamar off the scoreboard.
Daniel Cole was the first reliever out for Lamar and pitched the eighth, ninth and one out in the 10th. He gave up just a lone hit in 2.1 innings pitched, striking out two. Things got hairy for Cole in the 10th when Jake Escalon pinch hit for Young and singled, advancing to second on an error by the left fielder.
He was able to strike out Trace Morrison in the next at-bat to get the first out of the inning, but after that Lamar made the move to Jack Dallas, (W, 4-0), who holds 11 saves on the season, second most in the WAC. Dallas struck out the next batter and the Cardinals got the third out after that to move to the bottom of the 10th.
Badmaev came out in the 10th and walked the first batter he saw, Chase Kemp. He induced a flyout to center field in the next at-bat for the first out. Tarleton coach Aaron Meade then made the call for Matthew Hickey, the team leader in saves with five, to enter and pitch.
The first pitch Hickey threw was sent out to right field by Matthew McDonald for a double that hit the wall in the gap and scored Kemp to give Lamar the win. McDonald finished with two hits and two RBI.
The teams will play game two of the series on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed on the WAC Digital Network. Right-handed pitcher Bryce Hackett is slated to start for the purple and white.