March 10, 2010
BEAUMONT - Lamar University's hitters jumped on Prairie View A&M for six hits and four runs in the first inning Wednesday, and four Cardinal pitchers made sure it stood up for a 4-2 victory in their final tuneup for the 2010 Southland Conference race.
For the second game in a row, Anthony Moore and Aaron Buchanan took the lead for the Cardinals, ripping back-to-back doubles down the opposite outfield lines to force a 1-1 tie. First baseman Ryan Meade followed with an RBI single to break the tie, and catcher Joey Latulippe eventually added a two-run single to end the Cardinals' scoring for the day.
Starting pitcher Jake Henderson of Beaumont Kelly was the benefactor of the early scoring explosion. The junior right-hander worked the first three innings, holding the Panthers to one run on three hits and notched two strikeouts while walking one in earning his first victory as a Cardinal.
Brandon Chambers, Kory Cleveland and Cory Holley all followed Henderson to the mound, pitching two effective innings each. Holley, a senior from Houston Waltrip, struck out the side in the eighth inning, and he recorded a hitless ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
The victory put coach Jim Gilligan's Cardinals at 11-2 going into their three-game SLC series at Nichols this weekend. The Colonels have won nine-straight games to improve to 9-3. First game is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Didier Field in Thibodaux, La.