March 10, 2006
HAMMOND, La. - Lamar University got off to an inauspicious start to Southland Conference play as the Cardinals were blanked by Southeastern Louisiana, 4-0, Friday night at Alumni Field in the league opener for both schools.
Lamar, who was shutout for the first time this season, dropped to 10-8 overall and 0-1 in SLC play. SLU improved to 8-6 overall and 1-0 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Lions continue the three-game series today at 3 p.m. and close out the series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.
The Cardinals had several chances to score runs with the first opportunity coming in the top of the second inning. C.J. Ebarb led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a one-out single by Dan Hernandez to put runners on the corners. Will Henderson and Jo Jo Haney both struck out to end the inning.
SLU broke finally got to Lamar starter Steve Macfarland in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ricky Newman singled and advanced to second and third on wild pitches by Macfarland. Ty Summerlin followed with an RBI single to left field. Jason Waguespack drove in Summerlin with a single through the right side of the infield to put the Lions up 2-0.
Lamar squandered another scoring chance in the top of the sixth inning. Erik Kanaby led off with a single to left field and moved to second on a ground out by Matt Lambeth. Collin Delome singled to right field to put runners on the corners with one out. Ebarb followed by hitting into an inning-ending double play.
The Lions didn't waster their opportunity in the home half of the sixth. Kyle Ginn led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Dillon Sudduth was hit by a pitch and Summerlin singled up the middle to load the bases. Richard Imhoff delivered an RBI single up the middle to make the score 3-0.
The Cardinals let another scoring chance slip away in the top of the seventh inning. Hernandez doubled to left field with one out and took third on a wild pitch. Henderson lined out to right field and Haney struck out to end the inning.
SLU's Ryan Spencer closed out the scoring with a one-out, solo home run to left field that put the Lions up 4-0. Summerlin led the offensive charge, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Imhoff was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Jeremy Mizell (4-1) started and picked up the win for the Lions. He pitched seven and one-third innings, allowing no runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. Matt Greenwich pitched the final 1 2/3 innings with no runs, no hits and three strikeouts to pick up his second save of the season.
Macfarland (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Cardinals, allowing four runs on eight hits with 11 strikeouts and four walks. Kanaby went 2-for-3 at the plate to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double.