March 21, 2006
BEAUMONT - Senior C.J. Ebarb went 3-for-4 and five Cardinals pitchers kept the Ragin' Cajuns in check as Lamar University posted a 5-4 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Tuesday night in non-conference baseball action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved to 16-10 overall and has won six of its last eight games. UL-Lafayette dropped to 10-8 overall. The Cardinals host Stephen F. Austin in a three-game Southland Conference series this weekend beginning with Friday's 6:30 p.m. game.
UL-Lafayette struck first with three runs on the top of the first inning off Lamar starter Brian Needham. John McCarthy walked and moved to second on Devon Bourque's sacrifice bunt. After taking third on a passed ball, McCarthy scored when Jameson Parker reached on an error by Jo Jo Haney at third base.
Jonathan Lucroy singled to left field and Tim Santiago singled to right field to drive in Parker. After Jefferies Tatford walked, Josh Landry drove in Lucroy with a sacrifice fly to center field to put the Cajuns up 3-0.
Lamar answered with three runs in the home half of the second inning to tie the game at 3-3. Ebarb singled through the right side and Will Henderson double down the right field line to put both runners in scoring position. Matt Lambeth singled up the middle to drive in both Ebarb and Henderson.
Haney, who was 2-for-4, singled to left field and Andrew Gay walked to load the bases with one out. Erik Kanaby drove in Lambeth with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Cajuns reclaimed the lead with a run in the top of the third inning. Parker reached on a single, stole second and scored on a single by Tatford for a 4-3 lead.
The Cardinals struck for two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-4 lead. Gay singled to center field to start a two-out rally. Kanaby, who was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, reached on an error by Bourque at second base. Baker singled to center field to drive in Gay and Collin Delome
followed with another RBI single to center.
Chuckie Platt (3-1) picked up the win in relief, allowing no runs on one hit with three strikeouts in two and one-third innings pitched. Derrick Gordon pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout to pick up his first save of the season.
Greg Wilborn (0-1), the fourth of eight pitchers for UL-Lafayette, took the loss. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning pitched.