March 21, 2010
BEAUMONT – Andy Mena singled home Ryan Meade with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Lamar University a come-from-behind 8-7 win over Central Arkansas in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
UCA (7-12, 2-4) used a three-run ninth inning to claim a 10-9 win in game one and took two of three from the Cardinals in the three-game series. Lamar is 16-5 overall and 2-4 in SLC play. The Cardinals will travel to San Marcos for a three-game series at Texas State beginning with a 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Trailing 5-7, Lamar rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Quentin Luquette walked with one out. Wade Mathis reached on a fielding error by Andy Fox at second base in what could have been a game-ending double play. Meade, who went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI, followed with a 2-run double to right center to score Luquette and pinch-runner Kevin Roebuck.
After Joey Latulippe struck out, Mena delivered a sharp singled to left center on a 2-2 pitch to drive in Meade with the game-winning run and avoid the three-game sweep.
UCA led for all but the last half inning of Sunday’s second game. The Bears scored twice in the second inning and Blake Roberts hit a solo home run in the third for a quick 3-0 lead.
Lamar tied the game with three runs in the fourth. After back-to-back doubles by Mathis and Meade, Latulippe hit a 2-run home run to tie the game at 3-3. Latulippe went 2-for-5 with three RBI.
The Bears answered with a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jake Fuller. Lamar tied the game in the sixth on an RBI single by Latulippe, driving in Mathis who doubled to right.
UCA scored three times in the top of the seventh inning. Huchingson led off the inning with a solo home run to right field. Roberts, who was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI, hit a 2-run home run to left field to give UCA a 7-4 lead.
The Cardinals rallied for a run in the bottom of the eighth on a pinch-hit RBI single to right field by Cameron Campbell.
Jake Henderson (2-0) picked up the win in relief for the Cardinals. He no runs on one hit with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work. Bobby Pritchett (2-1) took the loss in relief for the Bears, allowing three unearned runs on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
UCA scored three unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning to claim another come-from-behind win in Sunday’s first game. The inning started with Zack Dickson getting hit by a pitch from reliever Garrett Steward. Michael Pair reached on a fielding error by shortstop Mena and Tye Throneberry reached on an infield single to load the bases.
With two outs, Fox hit a fly ball to shallow left center field that landed right between the left fielder, center fielder and shortstop. All three runners on base scored to give the Bears the lead for good.
Clayton Farhat doubled to left center with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Latulippe walked to put two runners on base. Pinch-hitter Miller Aldrich struck out to end the game.
Lamar started the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first. Aaron Buchanan reached on an infield single to start the inning and scored on Luquette’s double down the left field line.
The Bears tied the game with a run in the top of the second. Roberts walked, Zack Dickson singled and Roberts scored when Michael Marietta reached on a fielding error by shortstop Tyler Theriot.
The Cardinals scored three times in the home half of the second. Ted Zentek reached on an infield single and Theriot followed with a 2-run home run off the wall in center field. Roebuck and Luquette had back-to-back doubles to the gap in left center field to put Lamar up 4-1.
UCA cut in to the lead with a run in the third. Throneberry singled and scored on Clay Washington’s sacrifice fly to center field to make the score 4-2.
The Cardinals extended their lead to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Campbell walked, and was lifted for pinch-runner Clayton Farhat, and Pablo Salinas singled. Both scored on Mena’s two-out, 2-run singled to left field. Mena went 4-for-6 with four RBI in the doubleheader.
The Bears scored twice in the seventh and took the lead with three runs in the eighth. Throneberry hit a 2-run home run to center field that tied the game in the eighth inning. Evan Harris doubled to left center and scored on Washington’s double to left to give the Bears the lead.
Lamar responded with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to reclaim the lead. Farhat singled to right and stole second. Latulippe doubled to right center to drive in Farhat. Mathis and Mena both followed with RBI doubles, giving the Cardinals three consecutive doubles, to give the Cardinals a 9-7 lead.
Steward (1-1) took the loss for the Cardinals. He allowed three unearned runs on two hits with one strikeout in one inning pitched. Bobby Prichett (2-0) picked up the win in relief for the Bears. He allowed one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning pitched. Evan Cox pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save.