March 1, 2009
Columbia scored six runs in the first two innings and held Lamar to five hits in a 15-8 win over the Cardinals at Vincent-Beck Stadium Sunday.
The loss snapped Lamar's (9-1) school-record nine-game win streak to open the season and gave Columbia (1-3) its first victory as well.
Columbia recorded 19 hits in the game and after scoring four runs in the first and two in the second innings, plated three each in the fifth, seventh and ninth frames. Lamar remained close but was never able to get the big offense that saw it score 28 runs in Saturday's doubleheader sweep.
Instead, Lamar pushed two across in the second, one in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the eighth. The closest the Cardinals got was when it was 9-6 after the sixth inning.
The Cardinals had a season-high five errors on Sunday.
Lamar had five hits and drew a season-high 14 walks but didn't get the big hits on a consistent basis, leaving 12 men on base.
Senior first baseman Steven Tucker went-2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. He boomed a two-run home run to straight-away center in the eighth for his first homer of the season. Senior left fielder Tyler Link was 1-for-3 with three walks and scored twice. Brian Taylor reached base five times and drove in three runs.
Third baseman Mike Roberts led the Lions with a four-hit game as he drove in three, scored three times and hit a solo home run in the ninth inning.
Roger Aquino (1-0) allowed four runs on three hits over 3.1 innings of relief for the win, while Guillermo Cienfuegos (1-1) suffered the loss after facing 11 batters and allowing the first six runs of the game on six hits and two walks.
Lamar will continue its homestand on Tuesday when it plays host to Houston Baptist (0-7). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Vincent-Beck Stadium.