March 27, 2005
LAKE CHARLES, La. - McNeese State jumped out to a 10-run lead after four innings, but Lamar University engineered a huge comeback to post an 11-10 win in 10 innings over the Cowboys Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep in Southland Conference action at Cowboy Diamond.
After spotting McNeese a 10-0 lead, senior Adrian Cantu tied the game with a two-out solo home run to right field in the top of the eighth inning. Chad Barbre led off the top of the 10th inning with a check swing double to right center field and moved to third on a passed ball. Haney drove in Barbre with a one-out single through the right side of the infield to drive in Barbre with the game-winning run.
The Cowboys threatened in the bottom of the 10th inning. Tyler Stutes and Beau Knowles both singled to start the inning. Josh Fontenot sacrificed both runners into scoring position. After Chris Fontenot was intentionally walked, Dustin Schroer hit into a game-ending double play.
Lamar, who swept the three-game series with the Cowboys for the second straight season, improved to 19-10 overall and 4-2 in SLC play. McNeese dropped to 10-18 overall and 1-5 in SLC play. The Cardinals step out of conference Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game at Texas A&M. The athletic department is sponsoring a fan bus trip to College Station on Tuesday. Those interested should call the development office at 880-2319.
McNeese jumped out to the early lead for the second straight day. After squandering a bases loaded and no outs opportunity in the first inning, the Cowboys used a two-out rally in the second inning to plate the game's first two runs.
Jason Thibodeaux singled to right field and Dustin Schroer walked. Bryan Cartie, who was designated hitter and starting pitcher for McNeese, singled to right field to drive in Thibodeaux. Chad Carnahan followed with another single to right field to drive in Schroer.
The Cowboys added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Michael Thompson led off the inning with a single to center field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Fontenot, who was 1-for-4 with three RBI.
McNeese scored seven runs in the fourth inning and looked to be in control of the game with a 10-0 lead. Schroer led off the inning with a single and scored on Charlie Kingery's single to center field. Tyler Stutes delivered a two-out single to right field. After a walk by Tyler Dugas, Josh Fontenot drove in a pair of runs with a single to center field. Pinch-hitter Chris Fontenot followed with a RBI single down the right field line. Schroer, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, closed out the scoring with a 2-run double to straight away center field.
Lamar started its comeback with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Jeremy Gray, was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, led off the inning with a double off the wall in right field and C.J. Ebarb, who was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, followed with a double to straight away center field to plate the Cardinals first run of the day. Colt Crawford, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, doubled to right center field to drive in Ebarb and pinch-hitter Collin Delome hit a 2-run home run to right center field, the first of his career, to make the score 10-4.
The Cardinals added five more in the sixth inning to cut the lead to one, 10-9. Chase Richards drew a lead off walk and scored on Gray's double to center field. Gray scored on a wild pitch from reliever Danny Davis. Haney, who was 3-for-5 with three RBI, had a big 2-run single to center field and Cantu, who was 2-for-6 with two RBI, drove in the fifth run with a ground out to second.
Freshman Allen Harrington (3-2) pitched five innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win for the Cardinals. He allowed no runs on four hits with a season-high seven strikeouts and three walks. Trey Swor pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save. Danny Davis (3-2) took the loss in relief for the Cowboys, allowing seven runs on six hits with six strikeouts in five innings pitched.