CARDINALS SHUTOUT ISLANDERS IN SLC TILT

BEAUMONT – For the second straight game pitching dominated the contest between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team and Lamar as the teams were tied at zero through 5-1/2 innings before the Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the sixth and three in eighth en route to a 4-0 win on Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

With the loss, the Islanders fall to 3-11 in the league and 11-21 overall. Lamar is now 8-6 in the SLC and 21-10 overall.

Islander starter Roy Ferdin and LU pitcher Matison Smith held the offenses at bay for much of the game.

Ferdin, who would pitch 7-1/3 innings, allowed just two runners to reach scoring position in the first five innings. The Islander lefty would suffer the loss falling to 1-4 despite scattering five hits with a walk while striking out three to permit two runs

His counterpart Smith left the game with two outs in the ninth after hitting and walking a batter. He allowed just three singles on the day with three walks while striking out five. He moved to a perfect 5-0 with the win.

" Roy was great today," said Islander head coach Scott Malone, whose team was shutout for the first time this season and after scoring 34 runs in three games at UTSA last week has one unearned run in two games. "He pitched as well today as he has done all year. Lamar's hitters did what we couldn't do with Smith and that was adjust the third and fourth time through the order. We only hit three balls hard the whole game."

Before the Cardinals scored in the bottom of the sixth, the Islanders looked to have something going in the top of the inning as Jonathan Reyes led by being hit by a pitch. Reyes would be called out at first on a close play on a pick-off attempt. Stephen Flora then drew a walk which would have put runners at first and second with no outs. While the Islanders could have still started something with a runner on and first and one out, Martin Parra hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Lamar seized the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tyler Link, who was 2-for-4, led off the inning with a single off the glove of Brycen Bell and went to third on a base hit to right by Brian Taylor. Stephen Tucker drove in the Link with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Cardinals would plate three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the win. Link again led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor. After Link stole third, Tucker put runners on the corners as he drew a walk from Jake Liedka. Tucker promptly stole third taking away the double play.

With the Islander defense drawn in to cut off the run, Lamar's Chris Dunkin lined a Bryant Sparkman pitch through the left side of the infield where shortstop Brycen Bell would have been if the infield had not been drawn in. Link scored on the base hit with Tucker going to third. After Dunkin went to second on a steal again taking away the double play, Jeremiah Sammy roped a single to right driving in a pair of runs with his second hit.

A&M-Corpus Christi tried to rally with in the top of the ninth. After recording the first, Smith hit Flora and then with two outs walked Martin Parra. Taylor McInnes would earn his second save of the season as he recorded the final out as Perales grounded out to short.

The series finale is set for tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Vincent-Beck Stadium