March 25, 2012
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Northwestern State designated hitter Matt Farmer picked up three hits and drove in five runs Sunday afternoon at Brown-Stroud Field, helping the Demons to a three-game Southland Conference sweep of Lamar with the 10-5 victory.
The Cardinals are now just 8-15 on the year, but more importantly, fell to 1-8 in Southland play. Lamar will host No. 7 ranked Rice University on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. from Vincent-Beck Stadium. The Cardinals claimed a 5-4 win at Rice on Wednesday.
Sophomore right fielder Jude Vidrine got the Cardinals off to a good start as he drilled Andrew Adams' fifth pitch of the game over the center field wall to put Lamar ahead 1-0. The next three Cardinals would go down in order as Adams settled down to pick up his first win of the year.
Farmer got the Demons (10-12 overall, 7-2 in the SLC) on the board in the second inning as he hit a two-run home run off Lamar starter Collin Chapman. Will Watson, who scored on the blast, had reached on an error by Chapman. It was one of four Lamar errors on the day which resulted in four unearned runs for NSU.
The Demons extended their lead to 6-1 with a four-run third inning. Catcher Nick Purdy hit a sacrifice fly to score Drew Helenihi for the first run of the inning. NSU then rallied for three more runs with two outs in the inning to chase Chapman from the game.
Vernon Maxwell relieved Chapman with two runners on and promptly gave up a two-run single to Farmer. All six runs were charged to Chapman who allowed four hits and six runs (four earned) over 2.2 innings of work in taking the loss and falling to 0-2 on the season.
The Demons added two more runs in the fifth and a pair in the sixth to build a 10-1 lead. Nick Hinojos singled off Maxell with one out, prompting Lamar to bring Chase Angelle into the game. Angelle got the first batter he faced out, but Hinojos would score on a Jeff Abt error.
Farmer would then add his fifth RBI of the game to drive in Ryan Westbrook who had advanced all the way to third on the Abt error and a throw to the plate.
Purdy and Watson added RBI singles in the sixth inning for NSU.
Lamar would not go quietly, though, scoring twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth. Aaron Olivas walked to start the eighth, and moved to third two batters later as Seth Dornak reached on an error by NSU shortstop Matt Burns.
Darian Johnson then stepped up and drove in the Cardinals second run with a double to left field. Thomas Henk was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out, and Dornak would score to make it 10-3 as Abt drove in the run on a fielder's choice.
Pinch hitter Brad Picha led off the top of the ninth with a double for the Cardinals. Joe Arechiga then singled to put a pair of Cardinals on with no outs. Olivas hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Picha and made it a 10-4 game. Dornak then doubled to right to score Arechiga with two outs, but NSU's Joe Scanio ended the game by inducing Johnson to ground out.
Adams (1-2) worked 6.1 innings for NSU, allowing just four hits and one earned run with five strikeouts.
Lamar's Ben Coram and Andrew Beasley pitched solid in relief as the duo combined to work the final 2.1 innings, allowing no hits or runs while striking out three.
Dornak finished the day with two hits, a run and a run batted in, and now leads the Cardinals with a .385 batting average against Southland competition. Arechiga added two hits on the day for Lamar, while Vidrine and Abt had the other two Lamar RBI.