BEAUMONT, TX (KPLC)- Lamar scored early on the Cowboys and McNeese State could not come back in a 6-0 Cardinal victory Sunday.
The game was the third and final one of the series between the two teams, Lamar taking two of the three.
The loss puts the Cowboys' Southland Conference record back to even at 12-12 and leaves them 18-23 overall. They will host UL Monroe in a non-conference game on Tuesday and then take to the road for a three game SLC series against TexasA&M-Corpus Christi.
McNeese will enter the week tied for fifth place in the league standings with Central Arkansas. Sam Houston State continues to lead with a 19-5 mark followed by Southeastern Louisiana at 15-9, UT Arlington 14-10, Texas State 13-11 and McNeese and Central Arkansas both at 12-12.
In Sunday's finale Lamar halted Michael Clemens' attempt at a third straight victory and complete game early by scoring one run in the bottom of the first and two in the bottom of the third.
Clemens left the game after 2.2 innings, having given up the three runs along with five hits and four walks. All three of his runs were earned as Lamar scored its first inning run on two hits and its two, third inning runs on four hits.
Ryan Sampere relieved but it wasn't until Trey McGee took the mound for McNeese in the fifth inning that the Cowboys silented the Cardinal bats. McGee gave up four hits and three runs in 1.2 innings while McGee pitched 3.2 innings and only gave up three hits.
The loss evened Clemens' record at 3-3.
Eric Harrington went the distance for Lamar and earned his third victory against six losses. He held the Cowboys to five hits, none of them extra base clouts.
Seth Granger with a two for four effort led the Cowboys at the plate. Getting the other hits – one each – were Michael Sullivan, Connor Lloyd and Trey Rickrode.
In no inning did the Cowboys leave more than one runner on base. In the third, fourth and fifth innings the Cowboys got a runner as far as third base but couldn't score.
Harrington ended the game by striking out two of the three Cowboys that went to the plate in the ninth inning.
Lamar is now 10-14 in league play and 18-24 overall.