March 4, 2005
BEAUMONT - Lamar's bats came to life as the Cardinals pounded out 14 hits en route to a 9-2 win over Indiana State Friday night in game two of the 2005 Cardinal Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar snapped its four-game losing streak and improved to 8-5 on the season. ISU dropped to 1-3 on the season. Southern Miss defeated UNC-Wilmington 16-4 in Friday's first game. The Cardinal Classic continues today with Southern Miss playing Indiana State at 1 p.m. and Lamar hosting UNC-Wilmington at 5 p.m.
Senior Scott Vander Weg (2-1) turned in another solid start for the Cardinals. He pitched eight innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts and two walks.
Lamar started the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. William Henderson led off with a double to left field. After Jo Jo Haney bunted for a hit, Chase Richards drove in Henderson with a ground out. Matt Lambeth singled in Haney.
The Sycamores got on the board with a run in the top of the third inning. Nevin Ashley singled to right field to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wayne Bond. Chris Schmidt singled and stole second. Ashley scored on a throwing error by catcher Michael Ambort to make the scored 2-1.
The Cardinals answered in the home half of the third inning. Ambort walked and scored on Haney's double to right center to put Lamar up 3-1.
Lamar added a run in the fourth and broke the game open with five runs in the fifth inning. In the fourth, Matt Lambeth singled, stole second and scored on Colt Crawford's single to left field.
led off the fifth with a single to right and Ambort walked. Pinch-hitter Andrew Gay
sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Cantu scored and Ambort moved to third on a balk by reliever Jason Murray. Lambeth delivered the big blow in the inning, a 2-run double to left field. Murray Gilbertson
also had a RBI single that put Lamar up 9-1.
ISU closed out the scoring with a run in the sixth inning. Bond walked, stole second and scored on Jake Eigsti's single to left field. Starter Ryan Hayes (0-1) took the loss for the Sycamores. He allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks in four innings pitched. Eigsti went 2-for-4 with one RBI to pace ISU at the plate.
Lambeth went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI to lead the offensive charge for the Cardinals. Cantu went 3-for-5 and Haney went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI.