Feb. 22, 2011
HOUSTON - Lamar managed just four runs in its first four baseball games of the 2011 season. The Cardinals' bats woke up on Tuesday night at Reckling Park as Lamar pounded out 23 hits and coasted to a 12-7 victory over No. 22 Rice.
In fact, the Cardinals posted five runs in the third inning alone to chase Owls' starting pitcher Tony Cingrani. Lamar, which will host North Dakota State this weekend for a four-game series, improved to 2-3 on the young season.
"That was well needed," said LU head coach Jim Gilligan of the offensive explosion. "We had an anemic showing at the plate in four games this weekend and we really needed it. I thought our approach at the plate tonight was really good."
Lamar opened its scoring in the second inning when Joey Latulippe singled and scored on a Pablo Salinas double with two outs. Salinas advanced to third on an error by Rice shortstop Derek Hamilton, and scored the Cards' second run on a Ted Zentek RBI single.
The Cardinals kept the scoring going in the third as Andrew Dewey led off with a single and moved to second on a Kevin Roebuck ground out. Wade Mathis singled home Dewey to put the Cardinals ahead 3-0. After a Jude Vidrine single moved Mathis to third, Rice (1-3) pulled Cingrani for Jeremy Fant.
Latulippe, who finished with four hits and two runs batted in, singled off Fant to drive in Mathis. Andy Mena then doubled to drive in Vidrine and give the Cardinals runners at second and third. After a Salinas walk, Zentek drove in a pair with a single down the left field line to put the Cards ahead 7-0.
Right fielder Ryan Lewis led off the bottom of the third with a double, Rice's first hit of the game off LU starter Eric Harrington
. Lewis moved to third on a groundout and scored the Owls' first run on a sacrifice fly by Shane Hoelscher.
With one out in the fourth, Mathis hit his first homerun of the season over the right field fence to put the Cards up 8-1. Lamar would then work the bases loaded and scored a run on a Salinas single to center that drove in Vidrine.
Rice added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Cardinals lead to 9-3 and close the book on Harrington. The junior right hander worked five complete innings to pick up the win (1-0), allowing just four hits and three runs while striking out two.
The Cardinals added a pair of runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh to build a 12-3 lead. Vidrine, who finished the game with two hits and two RBI, doubled home both runs in the fifth. Mathis led off the seventh with a double, moved to third on a Vidrine ground out and scored on a Latulippe sacrifice fly.
Lamar shut the Owls out for the next four innings before reliever Jeff Abt ran into some trouble in the ninth. Craig Manuel led off the inning with a walk and after Abt induced a popup by Michael Ratterree, moved to second on a single by Lewis. Hamilton singled home Manuel to cut the Cards' lead to 12-4.
Zach Boulanger then came in to pitch for Lamar. Boulanger struck out pinch hitter Austin Kubitza for the second out of the inning. Chase McDowell stepped in to pinch hit with two on and two out, and smashed a three-run homerun over the left field wall to cut the Cards' lead to 12-7.
After a J.T. Chargois walk, and singles by Anthony Rendon and Jeremy Rathjen, the Owls had the bases loaded with two outs. Andrew Beasley came in for the Cards to face Manuel, and got him to fly out to Vidrine to end the game.
Every Cardinal position player got a hit in the game, including seven players with at least two. Zentek, who was batting in the nine hole, led the Cards with three RBI.
Cingrani would take the loss for the Owls, working two and a third innings, allowing five runs on seven hits.