Feb. 26, 2005
MIDLAND - After rain wiped out the first two days of the Rockhounds College Classic, Lamar was finally able to hit the field Saturday and the Cardinals dropped both games at First American Bank Ballpark.
Lamar lost 8-1 to New Mexico State in Saturday's first game, which featured an almost two-hour rain delay, and the Cardinals dropped the night cap 5-3 to No. 28-ranked Texas Tech (9-1).
After Lamar is now 7-4 on the season. The Cardinals, who have played eight straight games on the road, return home Tuesday to host No. 10-ranked Rice in a 7 p.m. game at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar started the scoring in the fourth inning against Texas Tech. Michael Ambort led off the inning with a solo home run. Chase Richards reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on Matt Lambeth's RBI double. In the fifth, Colt Crawford singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Andrew Leal's double down the right field line.
The Red Raiders answered with five runs in the home half of the fifth inning, chasing starter Scott Vander Weg. Chris Williams drove in the first run with a double and Madison Edwards put Texas Tech up 5-1 with a grand slam home run off reliever Allen Harrington (2-1).
Vander Weg pitched four and two-third innings, allowing three runs on three hits with four strikeouts. Harrington pitched two innings, allowing two runs on two hits in suffering his first loss of the season. Derrick Gordon pitched the final one and one-third innings, allowing no runs on one hit with three strikeouts.
Adam Fry picked up the win in relief for the Red Raiders. He pitched the final five innings, allowing no runs on three hits with six strikeouts.
Ambort and Adrian Cantu highlighted the hitting for the Cardinals in Saturday's first game, an 8-1 loss to New Mexico State (7-7). Ambort went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, but was left stranded both times. Cantu provided the only offense, hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning to prevent the shutout.
William Delage (0-1) took the loss for Lamar, allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings pitched. Jason Conner picked up the win for the Aggies, allowing no runs on three hits with three strikeouts in five innings pitched.