March 12, 2005
BEAUMONT - Lamar jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 7-6 win over No. 24-ranked Michigan in game four of the 2005 Lamar Classic Saturday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The Wolverines took the second game of the doubleheader, 11-1.
Lamar, who had its four-game winning streak snapped in the second game, is 13-7 overall. The classic concludes today with Central Connecticut and Michigan playing at 10:30 a.m. and Lamar hosting New York Tech at 3 p.m. New York Tech defeated Central Connecticut State 6-2 in Saturday's first game.
After scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Lamar looked to be in control of game 1 with a 5-0 lead. Michael Ambort, who 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI, reached on an error and scored on Will Henderson's double to right center in the bottom of the second.
In the third, Adrian Cantu and Andrew Leal hit back-to-back doubles with two outs to put Lamar up 2-0. Cantu, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, started the 3-run rally in the fifth with an infield single. Leal, who was 2-for-4, followed with a single to right field. Ambort drove in Cantu with a double to centerfield. Jo Jo Haney drove in a pair of runs with a double to left center to give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead.
Michigan started a comeback with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Brad Roblin walked and Chris Getz singled through the left side. Kyle Bohm, who was 3-for-4 with three RBI, doubled to right center to drive in both runners.
Ambort gave Lamar an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to right field, which was his fifth of the season.
The Wolverines scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at 6-6, all coming with two outs. Roblin started the rally with a triple to center field. Getz, who was 4-for-4 with two runs scored, drove in Roblin with a single. Bohm followed with a RBI double to left and Doug Pickens had a RBI single to right field. Pickens scored the tying run on a throwing error by Cantu.
In the home half of the eighth inning, Richards reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a balk and scored on Jeremy Gray's
single to left field for the go-ahead run.
Steve MacFarland pitched the final one and one-third innings to pick up his third win of the season. He allowed no runs or hits with one strikeout. William Delage started for Lamar and pitched seven and two-third innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.
Drew Taylor (1-1) took the loss in relief for Michigan. He allowed two runs on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
It was all Michigan in the second game. After a scoreless first two innings, the Wolverines scored four times in the third, aided by two Lamar errors, and cruised to an 11-1 win. Pickens drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Alex Martin had a RBI single to center field. The other two runs scored on throwing errors.
Both teams scored runs in the fourth inning. Matt Butler singled and scored when Haney misplayed a ground ball hit by Getz with two outs. Cantu hit a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth for Lamar, which was his fourth of the season.
The Wolverines broke the game open with three runs in the fifth inning. Butler, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, and Bohm, who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, had RBI singles and Getz drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch from reliever Brian Shallock with the bases loaded.
Michigan added three more runs in the seventh to close out the scoring. Pickens and Derek VanBuskirk drove in runs for the Wolverines.
Jim Brauer (2-0) started and picked up the win for Michigan. He allowed on run on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk in seven innings pitched. Scott Vander Weg (2-2) took the loss for Lamar, allowing eight runs, six earned, on eight hits with six walks and six strikeouts in four and two-third innings.