Feb. 19, 2010
Lamar rallies for 4-2 season-opening victory over Maine
BEAUMONT - Lamar University went hitless for the first four innings Friday night then rallied for a 4-2 victory over Maine in a season-opening game marred by a 45-minute delay caused by a temporary power outage.
The host Cardinals were leading 4-1 in the middle of the sixth inning when the umpires, coaches and school officials decided to suspend the game as electrical workers prepared to repair a loose connection in a nearby transformer.
Many in the Vincent-Beck Stadium crowd of 542 sat in near pitch darkness while the crew completed the needed repair work. After play resumed at 8:50 p.m., relief pitchers Garrett Steward and Cory Holly came to the rescue of starter Eric Harrington by combining to hold the Black Bears to a lone run over the final three innings.
Maine's starting pitcher Matt Jebb held the Cardinals hitless through the first four innings, and the Black Bears pushed across a fourth inning run to give him a 1-0 lead.
Coach Jim Gilligan's Cardinals broke through with a four-run fifth inning, however, as Clayton Farhat, Pablo Salinas and Quentin Luquette rapped singles to go along with a pinch-hit double by Cameron Campbell. Salinas' single drove in pinch-runner Kevin Roebuck with the Cardinals' first run of the single, while Salinas scored the second on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Buchan. Luquette's single to right field pushed across Campbell with the inning's third run.
The Cardinals added their final run moments before play was suspended as Anthony Moore led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to centerfield and came around to score on a double to right field by Wade Mathis.
Maine notched its run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Tyler Patzalek.
Harrington, a sophomore right-hander, allowed three hits and the lone Black Bear run over six innings. He struck out five and walked three.
Holly worked the final two innings to earn the save. He gave up one hit and did not walk a batter.
The teams will complete the three-game series with a Saturday doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m.