Feb. 28, 2006
BEAUMONT - Senior Will Henderson went 3-for-4 at the plate and freshman Justin Walker picked up his first collegiate win as Lamar University held off the University of Houston for a 5-4 win Tuesday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar, who has won three of its last four games, improved to 7-6 on the season. Houston dropped to 7-6 on the season and had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Cardinals host the Lamar Classic this weekend with Connecticut, Iona and New Orleans rounding out the field. Friday's action has Connecticut playing New Orleans at 1 p.m. and Lamar playing Iona at 6:30 p.m.
Lamar broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. C.J. Ebarb singled to right field with one out and Henderson singled to center field. Jo Jo Haney reached on an error by second baseman Isa Garcia to load the bases. After Colt Crawford struck out, pinch-hitter Andrew Leal drew a bases loaded walk from Clayton Boone, who was the Cougars second pitcher of the inning, to drive in Ebarb with the game winning run.
Trailing 3-2, Lamar scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Erik Kanaby, who was 2-for-4 with a runs scored, doubled down the left field line. Matt Lambeth, who was 1-for-2, followed with a 2-run home run to left center field to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.
UH tied the game with a run in the top of the eighth inning. Bryan Tully singled to left field and advanced to second on Matt Weston's sacrifice bunt. Dustin Kingsbury singled to right field to drive in Tully to tie the game at 4-4.
Both teams took advantage of sloppy fielding to score early runs. Will Henderson doubled down the left field line with two outs in the bottom second inning. Haney reached on a fielding error by UH shortstop Kingsbury, which allowed Henderson to score the game's first run.
The Cougars answered with two unearned runs in the top of the third inning. Luis Flores led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice hit by Mark McGonigle.
Weston reached on an error by second baseman Ryan Baker with two outs to put runners on the corners. Kingsbury walked to load the bases. Brad Lincoln followed with a 2-run single to right field to put UH up 2-1.
Josh Stirneman led off the top of the fourth inning with an opposite field, solo home run down the left field line to extend the Cougars' lead to 3-1.
Collin Delome led off the home half of the fourth inning with a single to right field. Ebarb, who was 2-for-4, followed with a single to right to put runners on the corners. Henderson singled sharply to left field to drive in DeLome to make the score 3-2.
Walker (1-0) tossed three innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Chuckie Platt pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season. Freshman Brian Needham started for the Cardinals, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits with a strikeout in five innings of work.
Boone (0-1) allowed one unearned run on two hits in one-third of an inning in taking the loss. Ricky Hargrove started for the Cougars, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings pitched.