BEAUMONT, Texas - Columbia recorded nine hits but was shut down by the strong arms of Lamar's pitching staff Sunday afternoon, falling 6-0 in the series finale.
The Cardinals (11-2) used four pitchers throughout the day, led by David Carver's scoreless six innings during which he let up five hits and struck out four.
Both teams were scoreless through the first four frames, but the Cardinals got through to Columbia's starter Tim Giel with two runs in the fifth inning. Aaron Olivas got things started with a leadoff single. Zach Luevanos advanced Olivas with a sacrifice bunt, and Garrett Autrey and Sam Bumpers hit back-to-back singles to send Olivas home. A fielder's choice then plated Autrey for the second score.
Lamar added another run in the sixth thanks to a pair of doubles by Darian Johnson and V.J. Bunner. The Cardinals put the game away for good with another three runs in the eighth.
The Lions will look to bounce back when they head to Arizona to take on the defending national champions in a three-game series beginning Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. EST. The second contest is set for Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. EST, with the rubber game to follow on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. EST.