March 5, 2005
BEAUMONT - Behind the pitching of William Delage and the hitting of Chase Richards, the Lamar baseball team posted an 8-1 win over UNC-Wilmington Saturday evening in game four of the 2005 Cardinal Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar, who defeated Indiana State 9-2 on Friday, improved to 9-5 on the season. UNCW, who lost 165-4 to Southern Miss on Friday, dropped to 6-9. Southern Miss defeated Indiana State 2-1 in Saturday's early game. The Cardinals close out the classic today with a 3 p.m. game against Southern Miss. UNCW and Indiana State will play today's first game at 11 a.m.
Delage (1-1) turned in his best start of the season this far. The Nederland product pitched eight innings, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Trey Swor pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Cardinals.
Lamar started the scoring with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Colt Crawford doubled to left field and scored on Collin Delome's single to right.
UNCW answered with a run in the top of the fifth inning. Daniel Hargrave led off the inning with an infield single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Carved, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Michael Marbry's RBI ground out. That's all the offense the Seahawks could muster the rest of the game.
The Cardinals broke the game open with three runs in the sixth inning. DeLome, who was 2-for-2, started the rally with a one-out single to right. Jo Jo Haney followed with a single to right and Matt Lambeth was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Richards, who was 2-for-5 with two runs batted in, singled down the left field line to drive in two runs. Michael Ambort, who was 3-for-4, drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly to center field to put Lamar up 4-1.
Lamar added three more in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Will Henderson
had a pinch-hit RBI single, Lambeth had an RBI single and Adrian Cantu
closed out the scoring with a RBI double to right center to make the score 8-1.
After pounding out 14 hits in Friday's win, the Cardinals kept the hits coming with 15 on Saturday. In addition to Ambort, Crawford also had three hits and scored two runs. Andrew Leal was the only starter to not get a hit for the Cardinals.
UNCW starter Ronald Hill (1-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings pitched. Marbry led the Seahawks at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a RBI.