Feb. 6, 2005
BEAUMONT - Lamar University received solid pitching from three different hurlers and the Cardinal bats provided just enough offense for a 5-2 win over Jackson State Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium to complete the three-game sweep.
Lamar improved to 3-0 on the season while Jackson State fell to 0-3. The Cardinals hit the road this weekend for a three-game series at Texas-Pan American starting with Friday's 6 p.m. game. The Cardinals and Broncs played four times last season with each team winning twice.
The Cardinals took an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Jeremy Gray and Adrian Cantu each drew walks. Gray moved to third when Andrew Leal fouled out to the catcher and the Tigers left third base unattended. He scored on a balk by JSU starter Nijel Young.
JSU took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Anton Shinhoster walked and Kenji Williams doubled down the left field line to put both runners in scoring position with one out.
Shinhoster scored on Cantu's throwing error on a ground ball hit by Joaquin Rodriguez. Williams scored the go-ahead run on a double steal attempt with Rodriguez being caught stealing at second.
Lamar answered right back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim the lead at 3-2. Cantu, Leal and Will Henderson each drew walks to load the bases with one out. Matt Lambeth tied the game with a RBI single to right field. Chase Richards drove in Leal with what turned out to be the game winning run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Cardinals added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings for a 5-2 margin. Leal had an RBI single to right field in the fifth inning, driving in Colt Crawford. Richards tripled and scored on pinch-hitter Bryan Musick's sacrifice fly to center field.
Senior Scott Vander Weg
(1-0) started and got the win for the Cardinals. He pitched the first four innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Freshman Tim Erickson
also pitched four innings, allowing no runs on one hit with one walk and four strikeouts. Steve MacFarland
pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season.
Young (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing five runs on three hits with eight walks and no strikeouts. David Bethea pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs on two hits.