March 25, 2005
LAKE CHARLES, La. - After dropping two of three to open Southland Conference play at home last weekend, Lamar needed a good outing from sophomore Derrick Gordon and he did not disappoint in leading the Cardinals to a 6-4 win over McNeese State Friday night at Cowboy Diamond.
Lamar improved to 17-10 overall and 2-2 in SLC play. McNeese State dropped to 10-16 overall and 1-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Cowboys continue the series today at 3 p.m. and close out the series with a 1 p.m. game on Eastern Sunday.
Gordon, a left-hander from West Brook, allowed two runs on four hits with a career-high 13 strikeouts in eight and two-third innings pitched. With the pitch count at 132, Gordon was relieved in favor of Steve MacFarland after walking Tyler Dugas with two outs and a 6-1 lead.
After hitting pinch-hitter Beau Knowles, pinch-hitter Chris Fontenot hit a 2-run double to left center. Chad Carnahan followed with a RBI double to straight away center field to make the score 6-4. Senior Scott Vander Weg replaced MacFarland on the mound and struck out Bryan Cartie to earn his first save of the season.
Lamar jumped out to an early lead, scoring single runs in the second and third innings. Chase Richards doubled to center field, but was erased on a fielder's choice ground ball to shortstop by Will Henderson. C.J. Ebarb singled to left field and Matt Lambeth followed with a single to center field to drive in Henderson with the game's first run.
Jo Jo Haney reached on an infield single in the third, extending his hitting streak to a season-high six games. He moved to second on a ground and advanced to third on a balk by McNeese starter Cameron Chandler. Andrew Leal drove in Haney with a sacrifice fly to center field to put Lamar up 2-0.
The Cardinals extended their lead to 3-0 with a run in the sixth inning. Richards double down the right field line to lead off the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeremy Gray
. Ebarb drove in Richards with a single to center field.
While Lamar was jumping out to a 3-0 lead, Gordon was setting down the Cowboys in order with regularity. After surrendering a lead-off single to Bryan Cartie and walked Taylor Faul, Gordon retired the next 16 batters. He sat the Cowboys down in order in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.
McNeese finally got on the board with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cartie doubled to left center field and Taylor Faul followed with a RBI single to center field.
Lamar answered right back with a run in the top of the seventh inning. Adrian Cantu led off the inning with a double down the right field line and scored on Leal's RBI single to center field. The Cardinals added two more in the eighth. Ebarb, who was 3-for-4, doubled to right center to lead off the inning. Matt Lambeth followed by reaching on a three-base throwing error by Cartie at shortstop, which allowed Ebarb to score. Collin DeLome drove in Lambeth with a sacrifice fly to left field to put Lamar up 6-1.
Junior William Delage, who is 1-2 with a 4.24 earned run average, is expected to start game two of the series for Lamar. Seth Lastrapes, who is 3-4 with a 5.66 ERA, is expected to start for McNeese.