March 14, 2009
CONWAY, Ark. -- Senior shortstop Jeremiah Sammy reached base three times, drove in a career-high three RBI and hit his first career home run to lead Lamar past Central Arkansas, 9-4, at Bear Stadium Saturday.
While Sammy was doing his damage out of the seven spot in the lineup, Lamar's top five batters in the order - Tyler Link, Brian Taylor, Steven Tucker, Chris Dunkin and Brent Harris - for 11 hits and the Cardinals' other six RBI.
Lamar (14-4, 4-2 Southland) pounded out 14 hits against four UCA pitchers, including Sammy's 2-run blast in the second inning. Lamar scored two runs in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings, and added an insurance run in the eighth.
UCA (10-5, 4-1 SLC) managed only seven hits off a combination of freshman Eric Harrington, winner James Brandhorst (1-0) and senior closer Brian Needham. That trio combined to strike out nine.
The closest UCA got after Lamar opened up a 6-1 leadthrough four-and-a-half was 6-4 with a three-run fifth inning. Tye Throneberry reached on an error before back-to-back singles by Zack Dickson and Josh Huffman loaded the bases. Richey Irvin reached on a fielder's choice that scored Throneberry. Dillon Smith walked to reload the bases before Wagner singled to left field to score two more runs. Brandhorst came on with two away and struck out his only batter of the inning to stop the rally.
He retired the side in order in the sixth and got the first two men in the seventh out before yeilding the mound to Needham after a four-pitch walk to Irvin. Needham retired the side in order in the eighth and allowed just two hits in 2,1 innings of relief.
Taylor and Harris both had three hits for the Cardinals, while Tucker joined Sammy with three RBI.
The teams will play the rubber-game of the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.