Feb. 28, 2010
Catcher Cameron Campbell stroked a three-run double to left centerfield in the first inning Sunday to ignite Lamar University's 12-5 victory over North Dakota State.
Second baseman Aaron Buchanan and left fielder Ted Zentek rapped out three hits apiece to lead the Cardinals' 14-hit attack, helping them to improve their early-season record to 6-1. First baseman Ryan Meade and centerfielder Kevin Roebuck added two hits each.
The Cardinals ran their advantage to 9-0 by scoring two runs in the second inning and four in the third. Highlights to those outbursts were an RBI double by Buchanan in the second and a two-run double by freshman shortstop Tyler Theriot in the third.
The Bison, who snapped the Cardinals' five-game winning streak to open the season with a 10-9 comeback win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, got on the board with a two-run sixth, and they closed to within 9-5 with a three-run eighth.
The Cardinals came right back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to complete the scoring.
Senior right-hander Matison Smith pitched the first seven innings to earn the victory, his second in as many starts this season. He allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) and struck out seven batters without walking anyone.
The Cardinals will return to action when they take on Dallas Baptist Friday night in the third game of the YMBL/Cardinal Classic. Dallas Baptist and McNeese State will kick off the four-day tournament with a 6:30 p.m. game on Thursday, and Penn State and McNeese State will play Game 2 at 1 p.m. on Friday.