March 11, 2005
BEAUMONT - Lamar set season highs for hits and runs scored in Friday's game two of the Lamar Classic as the Cardinals routed Central Connecticut State 22-0 at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The game was stopped in the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule.
Lamar, who improved to 12-6 on the season, pounded out 21 hits, including 11 for extra bases. The hit total tied for the seventh most in a single-game in school history and was the most since the Cardinals had 23 hits against Texas-Pan American in 2002. Every starter in lineup had at least one hit for the Cardinals.
The classic continues today with CCSU playing New York Tech at 12 p.m. Lamar and Michigan will play two games beginning at 3 p.m. Michigan defeated New York Tech 14-9 in Friday first game.
Scott Vander Weg, who is 2-1 with a 2.36 earned run average, and William Delage, who is 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA, is scheduled to start for Lamar against the Wolverines. Vander Weg was named Southland Conference pitcher of the Week on Tuesday after pitching eight strong innings in Lamar's 9-2 win over Indiana State last week, which included a career-high 11 strikeouts.
Lamar scored four runs off CCSU starter Scott Vitelli (0-1) in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Chase Richards, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, led off the game with a triple to right center. Adrian Cantu, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, doubled in Richards.
Will Henderson, who was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, doubled in Cantu. Michael Ambort, who was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, closed out the inning with a 2-run home run to right center field.
The Cardinals broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth inning. Henderson singled in the first run of the inning and Ambort followed with a 2-run double. Richards had a RBI double and Cantu singled in a run, as well.
Lamar plated four more runs in the fifth inning. Jo Jo Haney, who was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, Jeremy Gray and pinch-hitter Sam Huff each had RBI singles for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals closed out the scoring with six more runs in the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Bryan Musick had a RBI single and Gray, who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and four RBI, hit a 3-run home run to left field.
Derrick Gordon (2-2) started and went the distance for the Cardinals. He allowed no runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in seven innings pitched. In taking the loss, Vitelli allowed 12 runs, 11 earned, on 14 hits with two strikeouts and one walk in three and two-third innings pitched.