Texan bats falter in loss to Lamar

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BEAUMONT – Tarleton mustered just three hits as they fell 6-2 to the Lamar Cardinals in game two of the WAC series at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont on Friday evening.

Once again, Tarleton (17-35, 10-19 WAC) pushed runs across in just one inning of the game. They plated two runs in the third as Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo and Taylor Daniell each hit an RBI single through the left side of the defense in back-to-back at-bats. The Texans had just three hits in the game.

Lamar (35-19, 19-10 WAC) brought home six runs on 12 hits. Adam Wheaton (W, 10-2) got the start on the mound and threw 5.0 innings allowing two runs on three hits to go with five strikeouts and four walks. Max Mize and Jack Dallas (S, 12) combined to pitch the next four innings without allowing a hit. Mize struck out two and Dallas struck out three, with each walking one.

Lamar scored in four different innings. They were led offensively by Matthew McDonald who totaled three hits. Kirkland Banks and Ethan Ruiz had two hits and two RBI each.

Bryce Hackett (L, 2-7) started for the Texans and threw 6.0 innings allowing four runs on nine hits. He struck out five and walked three.

Lamar struck first in the second inning with two runs. The Texans answered in the top of the third with two to tie the game, but it only lasted until the Cardinals came back up to bat in the bottom of the third and scored a run thanks to an RBI double from Josh Blankenship to take the 3-2 lead.

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