BEAUMONT, Texas – A series-ending slugfest saw Austin Peay State University’s baseball team drop a 13-10 decision to Lamar, Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
However, the bottom of the first saw Austin Peay surrender six runs on one hit while committing three errors. Govs starter Jack Snodgrass got off to a rough start, hitting the first two batters he faced and walking another to load the bases.
The first Govs miscue – a passed ball – pushed the first run across followed by another walk to load the bases again. Following a foul out, third baseman Chris Dunkin singled through the infield to score two more runs, giving Lamar a 3-2 advantage. A strikeout got the Govs close to escaping the inning, but three consecutive errors kept the inning alive and pushed home three more runs, giving the Cardinals a 6-2 lead after one inning.
After Lamar added a run in the third for a 7-2 lead, Austin Peay’s regained the lead with six runs on three hits in the fourth inning. Center fielder Jared Delong’s RBI single was followed by left fielder Adam Browett’s sacrifice fly, which chased pitcher Kevin Angelle. James Brandhorst, the Cardinals new pitcher, walked first baseman Matt Kole to load the bases then uncorked three wild pitches to plate three more runs before leaving. Catcher Trey Lucas singled off Ryan Koenig to plate the go-ahead run before Koenig induced a fielder’s choice to end the frame.
The Govs one-run lead would not last the inning as Snodgrass surrendered a two-out double and hit another batter before being lifted for reliever David Vicini. He gave up an RBI single to third baseman Chris Dunkin to tie the game.
However, Lamar (4-0) put up another five runs in the fifth inning to break open the game. Pinch hitter Brent Harris belted a two-run home run followed by a two-run home run by second baseman Brian Taylor to chase Vicini. Reliever Daniel Tenholder who allowed an RBI single to Dunkin before securing an inning-ending out on a relay throw to home plate with Lamar ahead 13-8.
Austin Peay chipped away at the lead with solo runs in the sixth and eighth. Hunton scoring an RBI ground out in the sixth and Daniel Baggett’s groundout RBI in the ninth.
Vicini (0-2) was tagged for the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in one-third of an inning. Delong led the Govs offense with a 3-for-4 performance while Hunton had two RBI.
Garrett Steward (1-0), the fourth of seven Lamar pitchers, picked up the victory after allowing one run on one hit over 1.1. innings pitched. Dunkin led the Cardinals hitters with a 4-for-5, four RBI performance.
Austin Peay returns to action with a 7 p.m., Tuesday contest at Tennessee.