Feb. 29, 2008
Anthony Moore and Tyler Link combined to drive in four runs and score three as Lamar defeated Arkansas State, 10-3, at Vincent-Beck Stadium in the Cardinal Classic, present by the YMBL Friday.
Lamar's offense was clicking on all cylinders as they banged out 10 hits and had a season-high nine RBI as seven scored with two outs. Lamar (3-2) won for the second-consecutive night, while handing Arkansas State (4-2) just its second loss of the year.
In addition to the production they got from the top of the lineup at the one- and two-hole spots in Moore and Link, the Cardinals also had five hits from their bottom four hitters, led by junior transfer Steven Tucker's 2-for-4 night with an RBI and two runs. Junior transfer Ryan Saldivar made his first start in his first action of the season at catcher and went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and scored twice.
Lamar got on the board in the first inning for the second-straight night when Moore scored on a Jeff Vickers' sacrifice fly. Two pitches later, Chris Dunkin singled up the middle to plate Link and give the Cardinals a 2-0 cushion.
Arkansas State cut the lead in half in the next inning when Ryan Hudgins led off with a single and later scored on a Drew Benes sac fly.
The margin was extended to 6-1 in the fourth when Lamar sent eight men to the plate and scored four runs on three hits, including a double by Link that scored Tucker and Moore.
Lamar sandwiched two runs in the sixth and seventh around a pair of ASU scores to account for all of the scoring.
Junior Matt Morgal (1-0) picked up his first win with a two-strikeout, five-hit performance in 6.1 innings - the longest by a Cardinal this year. Junior transfer Jay Prigmore worked 2.2 innings of relief as he struck out one and allowed two hits in the eighth before retiring the final four batters, including a perfect ninth where he threw just five pitches.
Joel Boeschen (1-1) suffered the loss for the Indians after being touched for six runs - three earned - in four innings
Moore extended his hit streak to five games but it didn't come until his final plate appearance when he legged-out a stand-up triple in the seventh inning. Lamar recorded one double play for the fourth-consecutive game.
On the defensive side of things, the Cardinals used a new lineup with junior transfer Nik Gumeson at third base and senior Travis Dunson at shortstop. The duo combined for nine assists and three putouts in 12 chances. Second-baseman Brian Taylor also recorded three putouts and two assists.
Lamar will face Kansas State (1-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. That game will be followed by Arkansas State-Michigan State at 5 p.m.