FORT WORTH, Texas--Lamar's postseason ended at the hands of the Baylor Bears, who held off a ninth-inning push from the Cardinals to win 6-4 Saturday afternoon.
TCU remained perfect in the night game, while Baylor survived until Sunday in Day 2 of the Fort Worth Regional.
In the early game, Lamar couldn't get much off Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg, who pitched five and 2/3 innings of five-hit baseball and allowed only one run. The Bears brought in Kyle Turley for relief and tried to stick with him to finish, but the Cardinals had a last gasp in the ninth.
Turley struck out the first batter in the ninth before walking the next one, then gave up a single to pinch hitter Cameron Campbell. Catcher Joey Latulippe stepped up with one out and launched a three-run shot to put Lamar within two.
After the homer, Baylor coach Steve Smith took Brooks Pinckard out of center field and brought him in for the save. Pinckard got a ground out and a foul out to secure his 11th save of the year.
Left fielder Logan Vick (1-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs) and third baseman Joey Hainsfurther (2-5, 1 run, 1 RBI) led the way for the Bears, while Latulippe (2-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs) and second baseman V.J. Bunner were the only Cardinals with multi-hit games.
Baylor will face Arizona at 2 p.m. Sunday, with Stephen Manthei (2-1, 4.71 ERA) starting for the Wildcats. Smith didn't announce his starter following the game.
Later, the Horned Frogs used a solid start from freshman pitcher Matt Purke (6 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 3 earned runs) to build a 6-1 lead for reliever Tyler Lockwood.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run from designated hitter Josh Garcia, his second of the regional after entering with just one homer all year. He has battled a torn MCL all year and said he was running on adrenaline after his home run Friday.
The Frogs increased the lead to 8-3 in the eighth with left fielder Jason Coats' RBI single and a wild pitch that scored catcher Bryan Holaday.
Arizona answered with another run in the seventh (on a fielder's choice), before loading the bases on three singles with one out in the bottom of the eighth.
Wildcats third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean recorded an RBI on a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to three.
In the top of the ninth, TCU designed hitter Joe Weik ripped a three-run home run to put the game out of reach for Arizona, who could only get a single from Lockwood in the final frame.
Purke, the Rangers first-round pick last year, had nine strikeouts to two walks for TCU. Weik (4-5, 2 runs, 6 RBIs), Coats (2-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI) and shortstop Taylor Featherston (1-3, 1 run, 3 RBIs) led the Frogs offensively. Garcia (3-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Mejias-Brean (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and shortstop Alex Mejia (2-4, 1 RBI) did most of the damage for the Wildcats.
TCU will start RHP Steven Maxwell (10-1, 2.73 ERA) against either Baylor or Arizona at 7 p.m. Sunday.