March 7, 2010
BEAUMONT - Lamar University's Eric Harrington and Cory Holley combined on a seven-hitter, and Joey Latulippe and Ted Zentek drove in two runs each Sunday as the Cardinals concluded the 2010 YMBL/Cardinal Classic with an 8-3 victory over Penn State.
Harrington, a sophomore right-hander from Port Neches-Groves, held the Nittany Lions to four hits and two runs over the opening 5.2 innings to earn his second victory in as many decisions this season. He struck out four batters and walked two.
Holley, a senior right-hander from Houston, notched his third save by working the final 3.1 innings. He allowed three hits and one run and had no strikeouts or walks.
Both Latulippe and Zentek went two-for-four to account for half of the Cardinals' eight hits. Latulippe, a junior catcher from League City, ripped a two-run single to help highlight the Cardinals' six-run fifth inning that broke open the game. Zentek, a junior outfielder from Simsbury, Md., followed that hit with a two-run double to centerfield.
The victory was Lamar's second in as many days over the Nittany Lions, and it improved their early-season record to 9-2. It also made the Cardinals the only three-game winners in the four-team, four-day tournament.
The Nittany Lions, who went 2-2 in the tournament, fell to 4-3 on the season. They will move on to College Station for a two-game series against Texas A&M and then to San Marcos for a three-game set against Texas State before returning to Pennsylvania.
Penn State third baseman Jordan Steranka blasted a solo home run - his first of the season - over the scoreboard in right field to account for the Nittany Lions' first run off Harrington in the fourth inning. They added single runs in the sixth and ninth but never seriously threatened.
The Cardinals will take a break Monday then host Prairie View A&M in a two-game series Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon before going on the road to open their 2010 Southland Conference schedule with a three-game weekend series at Nicholls.