March 13, 2005
BEAUMONT - Behind a strong outing from redshirt freshman Tim Erickson, the Cardinals claimed the 2005 Lamar Classic title with a 3-0 shutout of New York Tech Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved 14-7 on the season. The Cardinals host Purdue Wednesday at 7 p.m. before opening Southland Conference play Friday when Texas-Arlington visits Vincent-Beck Stadium.
With the wind howling in for a second straight day, Sunday's matchup shaped up to be a good day for the pitchers. Erickson, a left-hander from Hardin-Jefferson HS, turned in his best outing as a Cardinal. He allowed no runs on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk in seven innings pitched.
NYIT (1-5) had a chance to score a run in the third inning. Mike Kenefick walked, but was picked off of first base. Kraig Binick followed with a triple to right center that would have scored Kenefick. Joe Esposito lined out to second base to end the inning.
Lamar finally broke through with the game's first run in the bottom of the sixth inning. C.J. Ebarb, catching for the injured Michael Ambort, led off the inning with a walk. Ebarb scored from first on Chase Richards' double to left field.
The Cardinals added a run in the seventh. Adrian Cantu walked, stole second and scored on Andrew Leal's triple to straight away center field to put Lamar up 2-0.
The Bears threatened again in the eighth inning. David Johnson led off the inning with a single to left and John Atanasio followed with a single up the middle off reliever Trey Swor. Brian Nentwig flew out to left, Bake DeCamp struck out looking and Mike MacMillan grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice.
Lamar closed out the scoring with a run in the home half of the eighth. Ebarb singled, Richards reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt and Lambeth singled to load the bases with no outs. Pinch-hitter Collin Delome
drove in Ebarb, who was safe at second on the Richards' sacrifice on a throwing error by the first baseman, with a ground out to second.
Swor and Chuckie Platt each pitched one inning of scoreless relief with one strikeout for the Cardinals. Julian Richards (0-2) took the loss in relief for NYIT, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks in one and two-thirds innings pitched.