BEAUMONT, Texas - The Columbia baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Lamar on Saturday by scores of 7-5 and 9-5.
Game 1 Recap:
Columbia could not overcome an early four-run deficit as Lamar topped the Lions 7-5 in part one of Saturday's doubleheader.
Alex Black went 2-for-2 with two runs scored as he cranked his first home run of the season and added a double to lead the Lions at the plate. Aaron Silbar also stepped it up as he went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.
The Lions responded with two runs at the top of the third. Nick Maguire drew a leadoff walk then came around to score on an RBI double by Nick Crucet. Meanwhile, Silbar singled and a RBI groundout off the bat of Eric Williams scored Crucet for the second run of the inning. Cline kept the score at 4-2 as he struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the third and easily retired the third with a ground out.
The Columbia rally continued into the fourth as Black hit a leadoff double into left field. Davis Vandercook then grounded out to advance Black to third. Enmanuel Cabreja made it count gaining two bases by drawing a walk and advancing to second on a wild pitch. Maguire kept it going with an RBI single to left field, sending Black to the plate. Silbar added a sacrifice fly RBI to score Cabreja and even the game, 4-4.
However Lamar matched the Lions' efforts with another two runs at the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead. Neither team scored through the fifth and sixth innings, but the Cardinals cranked another three hits and added a run in the seventh to extend their advantage, 7-4.
Black homered in the eighth but that would be the closest the Lions would come.
Game 2 Recap:
Lamar put power behind the bats in game two, earning 17 hits to Columbia's six.
After a scoreless first inning, Lamar went ahead with two runs at the bottom of the second. The had an answer, adding two of their own at the top of the third, but Jonathan Dziedzic held the Lions scoreless over the next four frames as the Cardinals tacked on seven more runs.
Columbia responded once again as Mike Fischer homered in the top of the third to cut the lead in half. Serena then reached base after striking out on a wild pitch, and moved to third on two more before scoring on a Crucet groundout to even the game.
Lamar came up with another two-out rally to once again take the lead in the bottom of the third. The Cardinals scored with two outs in the next two frames, including a homerun by Garrett Autrey in the fifth.
In the sixth inning, Lamar continued to roll with a trio of runs to widen their advantage to a commanding 9-2 lead.
The Lions battled back in the final two innings with a three-run rally, but ultimately fell short.
Dziedzic earned the win for Lamar, as he fanned seven on three hits and two earned runs while walking only one batter.