Austin, Texas — Lamar’s David Talamantez pitched the final two and two-thirds innings allowing just two hits and forced the Razorbacks to strand the tying run at second in the ninth as the third-seeded Cardinal topped second-seed Arkansas 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA Austin Regional Friday afternoon.Arkansas will now play the loser of the top-seeded Texas vs. fourth-seed Bucknell game at 11 a.m. Saturday in an elimination game. The winner of that game will play again at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Arkansas fell to 34-21 overall, while Lamar improved to 38-16 with the victory.
Scott Roehl (8-4) took the loss for Arkansas after giving up two runs, both earned, on two hits in one and one-third innings. Roehl relieved starter Jarrett Gardner who went seven innings allowing one run, earned, on four hits with five strikeouts. Roehl entered in the eighth inning with Arkansas holding a 2-1 lead.
Lamar plated a run in the eighth and one in the ninth, with both runs coming off Roehl, to cap the comeback victory.
Talamantez (5-1) was the third pitcher used by the Cardinal on the day. Starter Josh Gray lasted two innings after giving up one run, earned, on five hits. Kyle Stutes relieved Gray in the third and pitched four and one-third innings. Stutes gave up one run, earned, on two hits with five strikeouts.
Lamar loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning. Blake Justice singled and moved to third on a single to right by Jordan Foster. John Allen was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Shaun Stanton. The Cardinal scored the first run of the game when Stanton hit a sacrifice fly to center that plated Justice.
Jeremy Gray reached on an infield single to load the bases again, but Gardner forced Ryan Finan to pop out to third to end the inning.
Lamar did not hold the lead for long as the Razorbacks plated a run in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Wishy doubled to left with one out and scored on a single through the left side by Haas Pratt. Ryan Fox moved Pratt to the second with a sacrifice bunt.
Jason Pyle was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for Clay Goodwin. The Cardinal, however, ended the inning when Goodwin grounded into a fielder’s choice that forced Pyle out at second base.
The Razorbacks missed a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Scott Hode and Scott Bridges each singled to put runners on first and second. Nick Pitts then singled to left to move Hode to third. Bridges, however, was caught in a rundown between second and third and was tagged for the second out of the inning. Wishy then flied out to center to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh the tie was finally broken when Pitts singled to open the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Wishy grounded out to move Pitts to third, Pratt laced a single up the middle to score Pitts and give the Hogs a 2-1 lead.
Lamar quickly answered, however, with a run in the top of the eighth off Roehl who relieved Gardner. John Allen doubled and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly to center by Gray.
Jay Sawatski took the mound after Roehl walked Sammy Bevilacqua in the top of the ninth. Sawatski then gave up a single and a walk to load the bases. Sawatski then hit Jordan Foster with two outs to plate Bevilacqua and force the game-winning run home.