Wildcats Take 2-1 Series Lead Into Sunday's Finale vs. No. 24 Incarnate Word

ABILENE, Texas - ripped a two-run double and struck out four in a complete game effort, leading Abilene Christian to a 3-2 victory over No. 24 Incarnate Word during the second game of their doubleheader played Saturday at Crutcher Scott Field.

The win gave ACU (14-10, 2-1 LSC) a split of the twin bill and a 2-1 series lead heading into Sunday's game four, which is slated to start at 1 p.m. UIW (15-6, 1-2) won today's first game, 5-1.

Lambrix (2-2) scattered seven hits through 7.0 innings in his second start of the week, and was the recipient of some timely outs as UIW was threatened to take the lead in the latter innings.

The Cardinals broke Lambrix's shutout bid with a run in the fifth inning and were primed to score more after placing runners at the corners for Thomas Rinn, but the rally was quickly squashed after the infield caught Derrick Walls trying to steal second base for the third out.

Catcher initiated the put out with a clean throw down to second baseman , who first looked the runner (Jordan Scelfo) back to third before going after Walls. But knowing he was slightly out of position, Duarte underhanded the ball to shortstop Luke Meijia who then tossed it over to firstbaseman who placed the tag on Walls.

Lambrix entered another jam in the sixth after loading the bases with one out. No. 3 hitter John Zule walked, and then Jordan Littlefield and Adam ripped back-to-back singles. Ryan Pudwell followed with a one hopper hit right to third baseman , who first stepped on the bag for the force out before letting loose a wild throw that allowed Zule to score. But luckily for ACU, the throw was backed up by Duarte, ensuring no one else scored on the error.

Giusti was redeemed on the following play as Lukas Miller grounded out to him for the inning-ending 5-3.

Lambrix retired the side in order in the seventh with the game coming to its end on a great catch by . Walls drilled the ball along the left-field line, and even though it was hooking foul, Conwell kept pace to make a waist-high catch.

ACU scored all its runs with two outs in the third against UIW starter Jesus Berduzco (2-2). drove in from third base for the game's first run, and then with runners at the corners, Schuetze ripped a double deep to the left-field corner that cleared the bases.  

In game one, UIW starter Dylan Boss (3-2) lowered his season ERA to 1.80 as he survived five ACU hits and six walks in the Cardinals' 5-1 win. The Wildcats scored their lone run against him in the fourth on 's RBI ground ball to second.

Boss struck out four, but also stranded eight runners on base, including four in scoring position. ACU put at least two runners on base through the first four innings, and later left a runner stranded at third in the sixth.

Schuetze ended the game on a pop-up to first base, which snapped his hitting and reached-base streaks at 14 and 22 games, respectively.

The Cardinals tagged ACU senior (3-2) for five runs on eight hits over his 7.0 innings of work. Hahn gave up one run in each inning from the fourth to seventh, including a two-out solo home run by Zule, which was his first of the year.

The Cardinals scored their first run in the second inning and then pushed their lead to 2-0 in the fourth when Miller slapped a two-out double down the left-field line.

Information provided by ACU athletics department.

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