March 29, 2005
COLLEGE STATION - Andrew Baldwin's solo home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning was the difference as No. 16-ranked Texas A&M held off Lamar for a 7-6 win Tuesday night in non-conference action at C.E. "Pat" Olsen Field.
Lamar dropped to 19-11 on the season and Texas A&M improved to 20-9. The Cardinals return home to host Nicholls State in a Southland Conference series this weekend. The Cardinals and Colonels begin the three-game set Friday with a 7 p.m. game at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The first 500 fans through the turnstiles will receive a free sports bottle courtesy of game sponsor Academy Sports and Outdoors.
Trailing 6-4, the Cardinals tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Adrian Cantu, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, hit a solo home run to right center field with one out, which was his sixth of the season and second in as many games. Collin Delome was hit by a pitch from reliever Kyle Nicholson with two outs. Jeremy Gray drove in DeLome with the tying run with a double to right center field.
Baldwin broke the tie with lead-off solo home run to deep left field in the home half of the seventh inning on the first pitch from reliever Trey Swor to put the Aggies up 7-6.
The Cardinals threatened in the top of the ninth inning. Michael Ambort, who was 4-for-5, singled to center field with one out. DeLome, who was 2-for-3 with a run scored, followed with a single through the left side to put runners on first and second. Jeremy Gray, who was 1-for-5 with two RBI, hit into a game-ending double play.
Lamar used a two-out rally in the top of the first inning to score the game's first run. Cantu started the rally with a single through the right side of the infield. Ambort followed with a single in almost the exact same location. DeLome drove in Cantu with a single to center field.
The Aggies wasted little time in answering the Cardinals run. Parker Dalton singled to right field and Cliff Pennington walked with one out. After Pennington was erased on a fielder's choice by Ryan Hill, Baldwin hit a 3-run home run to left center field to put Texas A&M up 3-1.
Texas A&M added another run in the second inning. John Infante led off the inning with a single to right field, but was taken out by a fielder's choice from Lee Harughty. Will Carpenter walked and Travis Bartek drove in Harughty with a single to center field to make the score 4-1.
The Cardinals engineered another two-out rally in the top of the third inning. Ambort doubled down the right field line. He scored on a two-base wild pitch from starter Austin Creps when nobody covered home plate to cut the Aggies lead to 4-2.
Lamar tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. Colt Crawford led off the inning with a single to right center. Cantu followed with a single through the right side and Ambort drove in Crawford with a single to right field.
DeLome reached on a fielder's choice and Cantu was safe at third base on an error by the Aggie third baseman, which loaded the bases. Gray drove in Cantu with a fielder's choice that tied the game at 4-4. Ebarb grounded into a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Texas A&M struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to reclaim the lead at 6-4. Carpenter led off the inning with a walk and scored on Dalton's triple to right center field. Dalton scored on a wild pitch from reliever Swor with two outs.
Swor (0-1) took the loss for the Cardinals, allowing three runs on three hits with two strikeouts in three innings pitched. Brian Shallock, who transferred to Lamar from Texas A&M, started and allowed four runs on four hits in one and one-third innings pitched.
Kyle Nicholson (2-0) picked up the win in relief for the Aggies, allowing two runs on two hits with two strikeouts in three innings pitched. Robert Ray pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs on three hits, to earn his first save of the season. Creps allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits in four innings pitched.