March 5, 2010
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Anthony Moore threw himself a whale of a Welcome Back Party Friday night.
Moore, who missed Lamar University's three-game series with North Dakota State last weekend because of illness, slugged a three-run home run to help the Cardinals defeat Dallas Baptist University 7-3 in their opening game in the 2010 YMBL/Cardinal Classic.
Lamar was leading 3-1 in the sixth inning when Moore, a senior centerfielder from Cedar Hill, powered a drive over Vincent-Beck Stadium's left centerfield fence. It was his second homer of the season, and it improved his RBI total to six in five games.
Moore's blast helped provide a little comfort zone for winning pitcher Jonathan Dziedzic, who notched his first collegiate victory. The freshman left-hander from Humble Atascocita limited the Patriots to three hits and an unearned run over eight innings. He struck out seven batters and walked only two.
Junior reliever Taylor McInnis gave up DBU's other runs on a two-run homer by Travis Meiners in the ninth inning. Senior right-hander Cory Holley eventually replaced McInnis and wiggled out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam by forcing a game-ending roller to first baseman Ryan Meade to earn his second save of the season.
Left fielder Tyler Robbins went 4-for-4 to account for all but two of the Patriots' hits. While the win elevated the Cardinals to 7-1 in the early going, the loss dropped the Patriots to 7-3.
In Friday's first game, Penn State pounded out 19 hits in pulling away to a 12-6 victory over McNeese State. Catcher Ben Heath carried the biggest stick for the Nittany Lions, going 2-for-5 with four runs batted in, three of which came on his towering, fourth-inning home run that pushed the Penn State lead to 7-1.
Sean Deegan, Jordan Steranka and Joey DeBernardis all collected three hits each for the Nittany Lions, who improved to 3-1 on the season. Second baseman Jace Peterson went 3-for-3 to lead McNeese State, which opened the four-day tournament Thursday night with a 2-1 loss to Dallas Baptist.
Penn State will play Dallas Baptist at 11 a.m. Saturday before taking on the host Cardinals at 2:30 p.m. The Cowboys' final tournament game will be against Lamar at 6:30 p.m.