Feb. 5, 2005
BEAUMONT - Behind the pitching of Derrick Gordon and Allen Harrington, the Lamar Cardinals opened the 2005 baseball season with a doubleheader sweep of Jackson State Saturday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar won game one 16-5 and 9-1 in game two. The Cardinals and Tigers will close out the three-game series with a 12 p.m. game today. The game was moved up from its original start time of 1 p.m. due to the possibility of inclement weather later in the afternoon.
Harrington, a freshman from Port Neches-Groves, pitched 3 1/3 innings of solid relief in game one to pick up his first win as a Cardinal. He allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Steve MacFarland pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Junior William Delage started for the Cardinals, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with three strikeouts in four innings pitched. Trey Swor pitched the other two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on three walks.
Michael Ambort, William Henderson and Adrian Cantu each had two hits to lead Lamar's 12-hit attack. Cantu also walked twice and scored four runs and led the team with three runs batted in. Colt Crawford, Ambort and C.J. Ebarb each had two RBIs.
After JSU tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth inning, Lamar answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Ebarb had a big 2-run single up the middle and Jo Jo Haney
plated the other run on a groundout to shortstop to put Lamar up 7-4.
The Cardinals added four more runs in the sixth inning. Henderson doubled in the first run and Cantu cleared the bases with a 3-run home run to right field. Lamar capped the scoring with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Chilion Stapleton (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers in relief. He allowed 12 runs on seven hits with nine walks. Omar Stokley started and pitched four innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on five hits. Carl Lipsey went 1-for-3 with two RBIs to pace the Tigers offense.
Lamar jumped on the Tigers early in game two, plating five runs in the first inning and cruised to a 9-1 win. Cantu started the scoring with an RBI double down the right field line. Jeremy Gray had an RBI single, Matt Lambeth delivered an RBI triple to straight away center field and Andrew Leal and Chase Richards closed out the scoring with RBI doubles.
Gordon (1-0) started and pitched the first six innings, allowing no runs on two hits with no walks and nine strikeouts, which tied his career high. Christopher Smith (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing nine runs, six earned, on seven hits.