Moore's walkoff RBI single ends longest baseball game in Lamar history
Feb. 20, 2010
BEAUMONT - Anthony Moore drove a walkoff single off the right field fence in the 17th inning Saturday night to end the longest baseball game in Lamar University history and give the Cardinals a doubleader sweep of Maine Un iversity.
Moore's winning hit came off freshman Chris Bernard, the fourth relief pitcher used by the Black Bears in the four hour and 39-minute marathon played before a Vincent-Beck Stadium crowd of 516. Lamar won the first game 6-1 and the second game 5-4.
The blow brought Pablo Salinas in from third base to break a 4-4 tie that existed since the Black Bears tied the score on a three-run triple by Taylor Lewis in the eighth inning.
Salinas led off the Cardinals' 17th inning with a double down the left field line, and Andy Mena, who entered the game as a defensive replacement at second base an inning earlier, put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to get Salinas to third base. The Black Bears issued an intentional walk to Aaron Buchanan to set up a possible double play, then Quentin Luquette drew an unintentional base on balls to load the bases and set up Moore.
Moore, who had alrealy walked four times and had another hit in the game, slugged a two-run homer to help the Cardinals defeat the Bears 6-1 in Saturday's first game.
Spencer Cuniff, the sixth pitcher used by Cardinals coach Jim Gilligan, worked the final eight innings to earn his first victory of the season. He allowed five hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Cameron Campbell followed Moore's first-game homer that traveled over the right field fence with a solo shot that sailed over the left field fence to give the Cards a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Senior right-hander Matison Smith was the winning pitcher in Saturday's opener, and junior right-hander Taylor McInnis picked up a save by working the final three innings. Freshman left-hander Jonathan Dziedzic started the second game and allowed four hits and an unearned run while striking out seven over the first six innings.