March 14, 2010
THIBODAUX, La. - Lamar scored four runs in the first inning and that was all sophomore right-hander Eric Harrington needed to push the Cardinals to a 7-3 win over Nicholls at Ray Didier Field on Sunday to avoid a road sweep.
Lamar (12-4, 1-2 SLC) benefited from a shaky start by Colonel starter Brent Bonvillian. After retiring the first batter, the next six Cardinals reached base with a pair of hit batters, two walks, a single and a 3-run double off the bat of catcher Joey Latulippe that made the score 4-0.
Bonvillian (2-2) was replaced after throwing just 22 pitches and allowing four earned runs.
Nicholls put one run on the board in the bottom of the first on a Keith Kulbeth ground out but that was as close as it would get with the Cardinals adding one run in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Anthony Moore singled home Tyler Theriot in the fourth and then added a 2-run double in the sixth to put the Cardinals ahead 7-1. Moore reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 and was hit twice as he pushed his team-leading RBI total to 17 with three on Sunday.
Harrington (3-0) meanwhile, remained perfect on the year as he struck out eight while scattering nine hits and three runs in a complete-game victory. He retired 16 of 18 batters from the end of the first through the sixth innings.
Nicholls (11-4, 2-1) saw its 11-game win streak come to a close despite outhitting Lamar 9-8. Adam Miley went 2-for-4 with one of the Colonels' three doubles.
Lamar will return home to open a five-game homestand on Tuesday with a midweek series against Texas Southern. First pitch at Vincent-Beck Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. The teams will play at 3 p.m. on Wednesday before LU plays host to Central Arkansas over the weekend.