Feb. 19, 2006
HOUSTON - Lamar starter Derrick Gordon had one bad inning, but it led to six runs as No. 4-ranked Rice University posted a 7-1 win over Lamar University Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Coca-Cola Classic at Reckling Park.
Lamar dropped to 4-5 on the season. The Cardinals lost all three games at the Coca-Cola Classic, losing to No. 15 Long Beach State (11-6) on Friday and Oklahoma (11-4) on Saturday. Lamar returns home to host the Cardinal Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium this weekend. The Cardinals open the classic Friday with a 6:30 p.m. game against Michigan State. Kentucky and Arkansas State will get the tournament started with a 1 p.m. game on Friday.
Gordon (1-1) kept the Rice lineup in check for the first three innings. He allowed just two runners on a hit and a walk in the second inning, and struck out three. Things would start to unravel in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Rice put up all the offense it would need with six runs. Brian Friday led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Greg Buchanan sacrificed Friday to third base and Josh Rodriguez followed with a double to left center to plate Friday with the game's first run.
Danny Lehman reached on a fielder's choice, with Rodriguez getting thrown out a third. Joe Savery drew a two-out walk and Jordan Dodson followed with an RBI single to left field. Aaron Luna walked to load the bases. Chad Lembeck cleared the bases with a grand slam home run on a 3-2 pitch to put the Owls up 6-0.
Lamar squandered a few chances. Erik Kanaby led off the game with a single, but was picked off first base. Kanaby, who was 2-for-4, led off the fourth inning with a single, but was erased when Collin Delome grounded into a double play.
Will Henderson reached on a throwing error by Friday at shortstop to lead off the sixth inning. Colt Crawford and David Moore both followed with strikeouts and Kanaby grounded out to end the inning.
DeLome led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to right field, which was the Cardinals only offense of the day. That extended his career-long hitting streak to 17 games, which ranks as the fourth longest streak in school history. He has hit safely in all nine games this season and ended last season with an 8-game streak.
The Owls added a run in the home half of the seventh inning. Lehman walked and Savery reached on an error by second baseman Ryan Baker to put runners on the corners. The two runners executed a double steal to push the lead to 7-1.
Gordon allowed six runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks in four innings of work. Steve Macfarland worked two innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts.
Jo Jo Haney was 2-for-4 at the plate for the Cardinals. Lamar out hit Rice, eight to six, but committed three errors which led to one unearned run.
Bobby Bell (2-0) started and picked up the win for the Owls. He allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks in seven and one-third innings pitched.