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Cardinals bounce back in SLC tournament play

Updated: Wednesday, May 29 2013, 01:07 PM CDT
Last night, the Lamar baseball team was still undefeated in the Southland Conference tournament. A one-hour-and-34-minute rain delay put the final out at well after 11 p.m. 
Let's take you back to last night before showing what happened today: The Cards had tied the game up at 2 after the fourth inning against Southeastern Louisiana, but by the 8th inning, the Lions got to the LU hurlers. A three-run eighth  for Southeastern led to a 5-3 win for the Lions. The loss put Lamar in the losers bracket. Facing elimination after last night's loss, Coach Gilligan praised pitcher Hunter Perry's performance and admitted that the better team that night won.

So, it was win or go home this afternoon for Lamar, facing their old rivals, McNeese State in an elimination game at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.

Things couldn't have started any worse for the Cards. McNeese State's first three batters all scored to start the game. An RBI by Brett Gautreaux scored Buck Bendard from second.

Lamar could have layed down after getting kicked in the teeth out of the gate.

But here come your Cardinals. Brad Picha with the start of what was a great game at the plate; Picha brings in Aaron Olivas there. Brad finished 2-for-3 with two runs and that RBI. 

Then, Garrett Autrey, with a line drive to left, brings in Darian Johnson. Lamar tied the game up at three after one inning of play.

Still same score-- bottom of the third now. VJ Bunner goes fair down the left field line. Bunner also with a great day at the plate: 2-for-3 with two driven in and two scored.

The Cards not only broke the tie; They shattered it. Back-to-back three-run innings for Lamar led to a 9-3 lead.

The Cards got one more run for fun in the sixth.

And Lamar eliminates McNeese.

Lamar will indeed play another day, tomorrow at noon to be exact. It'll be another elimination game as they will take on the loser of tonight's match-up between Southeastern Louisiana or top-seed Sam Houston State.

 Regardless of who they'll face, it's another tournament game for Big Red. We'll have complete coverage from the SLC tournament right back here tomorrow night.Cardinals bounce back in SLC tournament play


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