March 19, 2005
BEAUMONT - Sophomore Michael Ambort drove in the go-ahead run as Lamar held off a late rally for a 4-3 win over Texas-Arlington Saturday afternoon in Southland Conference action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved to 16-8 overall and 1-1 in SLC play. UTA dropped to 11-13 and 1-1 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Mavericks close out the three-game series today at 1 p.m. All Southeast Texas little leaguers in uniform will be admitted to the game free and can run the bases after the game.
UTA and Lamar exchanged single runs in the third inning. Josh McSpadden singled to center field to lead off the inning and moved to second on Nathan Warrick's sacrifice bunt. Ryan Nelson drove in McSpadden with the game's first run with a single up the middle.
Collin DeLome led off the home half of the third inning with a triple to left field. After Will Henderson lined out and Matt Lambeth grounded out, Jo Jo Haney singled to right field to drive in DeLome and tie the game at 1-1.
The Mavericks took a 2-1 lead with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Joe Newman led off the inning with a double down the right field line off reliever Tim Erickson. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Daniel Macha and scored on Brett Lewis' sacrifice fly to right field.
Lamar struck for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead for good at 3-2. Lambeth, Haney and Jeremy Gray all singled to load the bases with one out. Adrian Cantu hit a shallow fly ball to right field, which wasn't far enough for Lambeth to tag up on. Ambort delivered a clutch 2-out, 2-run single to left field to give Lamar its first lead of the game.
The Cardinals added an insurance run in the seventh inning. DeLome reached on a throwing error by McSpadden at shortstop. Henderson followed with a fielder's choice with DeLome being safe at second on another throwing error by McSpadden, which allowed DeLome to score.
UTA loaded the bases with one out in the top of the eighth inning, but reliever Steve MacFarland struck out Justin Stevens and McSpadden grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat. Warrick singled to left field to start the ninth for the Mavs and proceeded to steal both second and third base. He scored on a ground out by Ryan Nelson to make the score 4-3.
Erickson (4-0) picked up the win for Lamar, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk in three and two-third innings of relief. Scott Vander Weg starters and pitched the first three innings, allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout and one walk. MacFarland pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up his third save of the season.
Haney, who batted lead-off for the first time this season, went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Gray went 2-for-4 and DeLome went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Grant Varnell (2-2) started and pitched a complete-game for UTA, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits with six strikeouts and no walks in eight innings pitched. Batlle went 3-for-5 and Nelson was 1-for-3 with two RBI to pace the Mavs offense.