March 9, 2007
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar University baseball team snapped a three game slide with a 5-4 win over the Northern Colorado Bears Friday night at Vincent Beck Stadium.
With the game tied heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Cardinals strung together three straight singles to push the winning run across the plate and prevent the game from going to extra innings. The win improves Lamar's record to 10-6 on the season and drops Northern Colorado to 5-5 on the year. The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 2 p.m.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Cody Morrison got the Cards rally started with an infield single to UNCO short stop Cory Morales. He advanced to third on an opposite field single by Collin DeLome on a perfectly executed hit and run. DeLome advanced to second on the throw to third, giving LU two runners in scoring position.
Ryan Baker put the final touches on the rally with a line drive single to center field which pushed Morrison across for the winning run.
The Cardinals trailed 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but strung together a two-out rally to tie the game at 4-4. DeLome started the rally with a single to right field and Baker followed suit with a single to left center. Both runners advanced on a Northern Colorado wild pitch, again giving Lamar a pair of runners in scoring position.
The Cardinals took advantage of the situation, as Michael Ambort blasted a double to the right center field wall off of Northern Colorado reliever T.R. Keating, scoring both DeLome and Baker.
The Bears jumped on to with three runs in the middle innings. They put two runs on the board in the sixth inning, scoring on a bases loaded passed ball, and putting their second run on the board on a two-out single to center field by Brad Beaman. They added to their 3-2 lead in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly to center field by Kevin Sandberg.
Lamar's Dan Hernandez
broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, blasting a solo home run over the left field wall to start the inning. Hernandez finished the game two for four at the plate, adding a double to his four-bagger.
Ambort, Baker and DeLome also finished the game 2-4 at the plate and Keith Towne added a hit, giving the Cardinals first five hitters in the line up nine hits. As a team Lamar finished the game with 10 hits.
Brian Needham, who entered in the top of the eighth inning with a runner on first base, picked up the win for the Cardinals, throwing two innings of no-hit baseball, while striking out four Bears and walking two. He improves to 2-1 on the season with the win.
Brian Sisk started for Lamar, going five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out three. Tim Erickson threw two thirds of an inning giving up a run on one hit, while Cody Williams threw two thirds of an inning, giving up no hits and walking one.
Keating took the loss for the Bears, pitching an inning and two thirds, giving up one run on four hits and striking out one. Eric Maydew started for Northern Colorado, throwing six and two-thirds innings. He gave up four runs, three of which were earned, six hits, struck out three and walked one.