March 9, 2010
BEAUMONT - Anthony Moore and Aaron Buchanan, the Nos. 1 and 2 hitters in Lamar University's lineup, rapped out three hits each Tuesday night in leading the Cardinals to a 16-1 romp over Prairie View A&M University.
Moore led off the game with a triple down the right field, and he later added a single to the Cardinals' seven-run, seven-hit inning. The senior centerfielder from Cedar Hill also drove a two-run triple into the gap in right centerfield to highlight the Cardinals' five-run second inning.
Buchanan, a junior second baseman from Houston Klein Forest High School, also had two hits - a double and a single -- in the first inning. He added another single in the second inning, and he finished his night's work with a game-high four runs batted in.
In improving to 10-2 on the season, the Cardinals enjoyed a season high for runs scored, and they collected 14 hits, including seven that went for extra bases.
Starting pitcher Garrett Steward, who worked the first three innings, picked up his first victory of the season. He yielded four hits, struck out two batters and walked two.
Relief pitchers Miller Aldrich and Taylor McGinnis held the Panthers hitless over the final four innings, combining for seven strikeouts without issuing a base on balls.
Prairie View starter Robert Ponce, who failed to record an out, absorbed his first loss of the season. The Panthers, who scored their lone run in the sixth inning, fell to 2-7 on the season.
Weather permitting, the teamsw will complete their two-game series with a 3 p.m. game Wednesday in Vincent-Beck Stadium.