April 1, 2005
BEAUMONT - Senior right-hander Trey Swor shut out the Colonels over the last four and one-third innings as Lamar University rallied for a 7-6 win over Nicholls State in Southland Conference action Friday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved to 20-11 overall and 5-2 in SLC play. Nicholls dropped to 14-13 overall and 2-5 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Colonels continue the three-game series today at 2 p.m. The win moved Lamar into a three-way tie for second place in the SLC standings with Texas-Arlington and Texas-San Antonio.
Swor (1-1) came on in relief of starter Derrick Gordon with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. He allowed no runs on two hits with six strikeouts and no walks in four and one-third innings. Gordon allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts in four and two-third innings pitched.
Lamar broke a 6-6 tie with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Michael Ambort, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, led off the inning with a single off the right field wall. Collin Delome walked on four pitches and Jeremy Gray sacrificed both runners into scoring position. After C.J. Ebarb walked, Chase Richards drove in Ambort with the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Cardinals jumped out to the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Collin Delome reached on a two-base error by the first baseman. Chase Richards singled to center field to drive in DeLome. Richards scored on a single to center field by Matt Lambeth.
Nicholls answered with three runs in the top of the third inning. Josh Thomas reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Adrian Cantu
. After Michael Roberts walked, Tim Daigle reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Bubba Bell, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Jose Higuera both had RBI singles to left field, and Keith Delahoussaye drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the third run to put the Colonels up 3-2.
Lamar responded with three runs of its own in the home half of the third inning. Adrian Cantu singled to right field and scored on Michael Ambort's 2-run home run to straight away center field. DeLome tripled to right center field and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Jeremy Gray to put Lamar up 5-3.
The Colonels plated three runs in the fourth inning. Thomas was hit by a pitch from Gordon to lead off the inning. Daigle walked and Bell drove in Thomas with a single to right field. Manny Davilla followed with a bloop single down the right field line that scored both Daigle and Bell to put the Colonels up 6-5.
The Cardinals tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Richards, who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, tripled to right field with one out. Lambeth, who was 3-for-4 with two RBI, singled up the middle to drive in Richards.
Nicholls starter Mark Fernandez (2-2) took the loss. The right-hander allowed seven runs, five earned, on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Junior William Delage, who is 2-2 with a 4.44 earned run average, is expected to start today for the Cardinals. Marcus Markray, who is 4-1 with a 6.89 ERA, is expected to take the mound for the Colonels.