March 29, 2008
Lamar's top eight batters combined for 15 hits and Justin Walker pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief as Lamar defeated Central Arkansas 12-3 to clinch the series at Vincent-Beck Stadium Saturday.
The Cardinals (17-8, 7-1 Southland) pounded out a season-high tying 15 hits for the second time this week while tying the season benchmark with five extra-base hits. They also won their sixth-consecutive SLC game and moved to 6-1 on their current eight-game homestand. UCA fell to 12-14 overall and 2-6 in league play.
With Lamar holding a 3-0 lead after two innings, starter Matt Morgal found himself in tight spot when UCA loaded the bases with one out and Chris Davis at bat. Davis sent a ball deep to left field that was fighting through the 10 mile-per-hour wind when it reached the wall. That's where David Moore jumped and reached over the yellow line to bring the ball back over before throwing to third-baseman Chris Dunkin who stepped on second base to double-off Eric Tennyson who was running on contact and was at home when the catch was made. Graham Martin tagged from third and scored to make it 3-1.
Lamar came out in the bottom of the third and extended its lead to 7-1 thanks to three unearned runs and a solo home run from Jeff Vickers as the Cardinals sent nine men to the plate. Lamar went from possibly trailing 4-3 on a potential UCA grand slam to leading 7-1.
UCA cut the deficit to 7-3 an inning later when Scott Cline hit a two-run homer off Morgal as Lamar head coach Jim Gilligan brought in Walker to replace the Cardinal starter after 3.1 innings. Walker (1-2) struck out two and scattered three hits as he picked up his first win of the season. His first three appearances had been as a starter but has come in from the bullpen in his last six.
and Travis Dunson
each had three hits and two RBI. Tyler Link
also had three hits with one RBI and scored twice as two of his hits were triples, tying him for the second-most in a game in school history. In addition to Moore's spectacular catch, he busted out of an 0-for-11 stretch with a two-run double in the sixth and added an RBI on a fielder's choice in the seventh for a season-high three RBI. He drove in a career-high five against UCA last year.
UCA starter Bobby Pritchett (3-3) took the loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings.
The teams will conclude their three-game set on Sunday at 1 p.m. Central time.