March 14, 2006
RUSTON, La. - After dropping the first game of a doubleheader, 14-5, Lamar University bounced back to salvage a split with a 9-4 win over Louisiana Tech in game two at J.C. Love Field.
Lamar, who is 13-9 overall, returns to Southland Conference action this weekend by hosting Texas-San Antonio in a three-game series at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The Cardinals and Roadrunners will play Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
In game two, Lamar scored in each of the first four innings and never looked back. Erik Kanaby, who was 3-for-6 with three runs scored, led the game off with a single and scored the game's first run on a wild pitch by La. Tech starter Aaron Lorio.
The Cardinals scored twice in the second inning on a 2-run home run by Colt Crawford. Dan Hernandez hit a solo home run in the third inning. Ryan Baker hit a 2-run home run, his first of the season, in the fourth inning to put Lamar up 6-0.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Hamilton drove in the first run with a single up the middle and scored the second run on a passed ball by catcher C.J. Ebarb.
Lamar added single runs in the sixth, seventh and eight innings to extend to a 9-2 lead. In the sixth, Kanaby reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on an RBI ground out by Ebarb. Lambeth singled, stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Crawford in the seventh. Kanaby singled and scored on Will Henderson's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
La. Tech closed out the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ben Tabor drew a bases loaded walk and Joey McCarthy had an RBI single.
Freshman Justin Walker
(2-0) picked up his second win for the Cardinals, allowing two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in five innings pitched. Lorio (0-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
In game one, La. Tech pounded out 15 hits, including slugging six home runs, en rout to its 14-5 win over the Cardinals. The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the first two innings off Lamar starter Brian Needham (0-2).
La. Tech scored three times in the first inning on an RBI single by Tabor and a 2-run double by Brian Rike. The Bulldogs added four more in the second. Adam Cobb hit a 2-run home run, and Brandon Hudson and Tabor each hit solo home runs.
Lamar made things interesting with a run in the fourth and four more in the fifth to make the score 7-5. Hernandez hit a solo home run in the fourth. Baker had an RBI double and Collin Delome hit a 3-run home run in the fifth inning.
Hamilton led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run and Rike followed with a solo home run. The Bulldogs closed out the scoring with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Derek Shaw and Amos Ramon engineered two double steals, swiping second and third, respectively, and then third and home. Hamilton and Rike each had RBI doubles and Chris Kersten hit a 2-run home run.
Rike went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles, a home run and four RBI and Hamilton went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and two RBI.
Jericho Jones (3-0) picked up the win, allowing five runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in five innings pitched. Andrew Alsup pitched the final two innings of the 7-inning game, allowing no runs or hits to earn his first save of the season. In taking the loss for Lamar, Needham allowed nine runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 4.0 innings pitched.