Feb. 13, 2005
EDINBURG - Sophomore Murray Gilbertson hammered a game-winning two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Lamar baseball team past Texas-Pan American, 9-7, Saturday at the Edinburg Baseball Stadium.
The blast was Gilbertson's only hit of the day in three official trips to the plate, helping keep the Cardinals perfect on the year with a 5-0 mark. UTPA fell to 2-4 with the loss.
Michael Ambort started off the scoring for Lamar with a first inning grand slam home run to center field. LU added a single run in the second, but the Broncs answered with five runs on four hits off Cardinal starter Scott Vander Weg.
Lamar added another run in the third on an RBI single by Will Henderson, putting the Cardinals up 6-5 through three full innings. UTPA tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single to right off LU's Tim Erickson.
LU went up a run in the sixth, but the Broncs tied the score again in the bottom of the eighth when Brady Honeycutt scored on a triple by Jacob Jones. Lamar stranded two runners in the top of the ninth and UTPA went down in order in the bottom of the inning, setting up Gilbertson's heroics.
After a lead-off walk to Andrew Leal, centerfielder Matt Lambeth struck out swinging. Jo Jo Haney flew out to center field, before Gilbertson launched his first home run of the season to left, scoring Leal.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, UTPA recorded back-to-back two-out singles, followed by a walk, to load the bases. With the bases full, Louie Matt Eichel grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Haney led Lamar with three hits while Ambort and Leal each added two hits apiece. Steve MacFarland
, who picked up the save in Friday night's game, earned his first win of the season after throwing 2.2 innings while giving up three hits and no runs.
The Cardinals will look to complete their second three-game sweep of the season on Sunday, with the first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m.