Feb. 19, 2005
HOUSTON - A strong seven innings from starting pitcher Scott Vander Weg and a 10-run second inning propelled the Lamar Cardinals to a 17-3 victory over Southwest Missouri State in the fourth game of the Coca-Cola Classic Saturday at Reckling Park.
After going down in order in the first, the Cardinals exploded for ten runs in the second inning off Bears' starter Jake Shafer. Catcher Michael Ambort started the rally with a one-out walk. Following a single by Jeremy Gray and a popout by Colin Delome, CJ Ebarb started the parade of runners for the Cardinals, as he walked to become the first of nine consecutive baserunners. Colt Crawford and Delome delivered the big hits in the inning, as both cleared the bases with three run doubles to the gap. In the same frame, Adrien Cantu hit his second home run of the year.
The offensive explosion continued in the third inning when Ambort made the score 14-0 with a grand slam home run to deep right field. A sacrifice fly by Murray Gilbertson provided the sole run in the fourth for the Cards, who by that point had built a 15-run cushion.
The Cardinals then put it on cruise control, finishing with 14 hits off four different Bears pitchers. Four Cardinal hitters finished with at least three RBIs, led by Ambort's four. Colt Crawford, Adrian Cantu, and Collin Delome drove in three apiece.
After being staked to the big lead, VanderWeg was extremely effective, allowing two runs on three hits in his seven innings of work. He struck out seven Bear hitters while walking three to move his record to 1-0. Cody LeBlanc
and John Ross Ramirez
saw their first action of the season closing out the Bears in the eighth and ninth.
The Cardinals will wrap up the tournament tomorrow afternoon when they take on the Rice Owls at 3:30pm. William Delege (0-0) will get the start for the Cardinals as he faces the Owls' Matt Ueckert (0-1).
SMS 000 002 010 - 3 5 0
Lamar 0(10)4 100 02X - 17 14 0
Shafer, Habseiger (2), Bunten (4), Findley(8) and Weglarz, Harris (5). VanderWeg, Leblanc (8), Ramirez (9) and Ambort, Wilson (7).
WP - VanderWeg (1-0)
LP - Shafer (0-1)