March 10, 2007
BEAUMONT -Michael Ambort, David Moore and Travis Dunson each collected three hits in the Cardinals' 17-hit attack that fueled Lamar University's 10-1 win over Northern Colorado Saturday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved to 11-6 on the season while UNC dropped to 5-6. The Cardinals, who posted a 5-4 win over UNC in Friday's game, will go for the three-game sweep of the Bears Sunday at 12 p.m.
Junior Allen Harrington (2-2) turned on a solid performance on the mound for the Cardinals. The Groves native pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Brad Depoy and Matt Morgal each pitched one inning of scoreless relief.
Lamar started the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second inning. David Moore singled to right field, but Travis Dunson followed by hitting into a fielder's choice. Cody Morrison singled to right field to put runners on first and second. Collin DeLome, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, drove in Dunson with the game's first run with a two-out single to right field.
The Bears took advantage of three Lamar errors in the top of the third inning, two by Dunson at third base, to tie the game at 1-1. Brad Beaman reached on an error by shortstop Brian Lloyd and Cory Morales followed by hitting into a fielder's choice.
Adam Symons reached on a fielding error by Dunson and Anthony Garcia reached on a fielder's choice and Symons was safe at second base on a throwing error by Dunson, which left the bases loaded. Kevin Sandberg followed with an RBI walk to drive in Morales to tie the game.
The Cardinals scored three times in the home half of the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Moore led off the inning with a walk, Dunson reached on a bunt single and DeLome walked to load the bases with one out. After Ryan Baker
grounded into a fielder's choice, Ambort cleared the bases with a 3-run double to right center.
Lamar added two more runs in the fifth inning. Dan Hernandez led off the inning with a double and Lloyd followed with a bunt single. Third baseman Chad Murray's throw to first to get Lloyd got by Sandberg at first base. Hernandez tried to score from third, but was thrown out at the plate on throw by Symons.
Moore singled to right field and Dunson, who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, followed with a single to left field to load the bases. DeLome delivered a 2-run single to center field to make the score 6-1.
Designated hitter Keith Towne led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and Hernandez was hit by a pitch by reliever Dan Kazell. After both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, Lloyd drove in Towne with a sacrifice fly to center field. Moore, who was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, followed with a 2-run home run to left field, which was his first of the season, to put Lamar up 9-1.
DeLome struck out, but reached first base on a wild pitch to lead off the seventh. Baker was hit by a pitch and Jeff Vickers, pinch-hitting for Ambort, singled to right field. Towne grounded into a double play, which allowed DeLome to score and five Lamar a 10-1 lead.
Ambort, who was in the lineup at catcher for the first time this season, was 3-for-4. He missed all of last season after under going "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow. He was the Cardinals designated hitter in the first 15 games of the season.
UNC starter Chris Reap (1-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on 13 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Dan Kazell pitched the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.