Feb. 27, 2010
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
North Dakota State rallied for two ninth-inning runs Saturday to end Lamar University's five-game winning streak to open the season and earn a doubleheader split with the Cardinals.
Zach Wentz and Michael Riewer crossed the plate with the tying and winning runs on a single to centerfield by pinch-hitter Zach Heidmann off Cardinal closer Taylor McInnis.
The Cardinals failed in their attempt to at least force a second extra-inning game this season as 6-foot 7 Bison right-hander Anthony Kliniske struck out Ryan Meade, Wade Mathis and Michael De La Rosa in succession in the bottom of the ninth.
After winning Saturday's opener 9-7, the Cardinals built an 8-2 lead through the first four innings but were unable to sustain the lead.
With Michael De La Rosa going 3-for-5 and Ryan Meade 2-for-4, the Cardinals outhit the Bison 12-10, but they went hitless over the final three innings. De La Rosa collected two doubles and a single on his first three trips to the plate, and Meade slugged a three-run home run - his first as a Cardinal - in the fourth inning.
Coach Jim Gilligan's Cardinals overcame an early 7-0 deficit in winning the opener before a Vincent-Beck Stadium crowd of 583. Wade Mathis went 3-for-4 and stroked a two-run homer over the centerfield fence to snap a 7-7 tie in the eighth inning.
Senior right-hander Cory Holley
, who held the Bison to one hit over the final three innings, earned his second victory of the season.
The Cardinals and Bison will complete their weekend series with a 10 a.m. game Sunday, also in Vincent-Beck Stadium.