April 1, 2007
BEAUMONT - Lamar University played long-ball Sunday afternoon, pounding out eight home runs in claiming both games of a doubleheader to complete a three-game sweep of Nicholls State in Southland Conference baseball action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar, who improved to 21-11 overall and 8-1 in SLC play, posted 11-1 and 11-10 wins in the doubleheader. Nicholls State dropped to 4-25 overall and 0-9 in SLC play. The Cardinals step out of conference Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. game at Louisiana-Lafayette.
With game two tied 10-10 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Keith Towne singled to right field with two outs. Pinch-runner Tylor Prudhomme stole second base and Travis Dunson singed to center field to drive Prudhomme in with the game-winning run.
Nicholls started game two by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Thomas Bourne, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, led off the game with a bunt single. Quinton Corley reached on a throwing error by Lamar starter Tim Erickson on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Ryan Bledsoe followed with an RBI bunt single to drive in Bourne.
A.J. DeLaneuville, who was 2-for-5, delivered a 2-run double to right center field. Patrick Thompson hit a come-backer to Erickson, who threw to second as DeLaneuville was caught too far off the bag. Travis Dunson's throw to third hit DeLaneuville and caromed into foul territory, allowing him to score and give the Colonels a 4-0 lead.
Erik Kanaby, who was 3-for-5, led off the home half of the first inning with a double to shallow right center. Ryan Baker followed with a 2-run home run to left center field, his second of the season, to make the score 4-2.
Lamar continued to play long-ball in the bottom of the third inning. Baker walked and DeLome doubled down the right field line. Michael Ambort
, who was 2-for-5 with five RBI, followed with a 3-run home run to left center field, his fourth of the season, to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead. David Moore
made it back-to-back homers with a solo home run to left center field.
Keith Towne kept the rally going with a double down the right field line. He scored on Brian Lloyd's double to put the Cardinals up 7-4.
Nicholls took advantage of some sloppy Lamar fielding to score unearned run in both the fourth and fifth innings. Zac Bone reached on a fielding error by Dunson at third base in the fourth inning. He scored on Corley's RBI single.
Patrick Thompson started a two-out rally in the fifth inning by reaching on Dunson's second fielding error of the game. Anthony Marino and Bone both singled to load the bases. Thompson scored on a wild pitch and Kulbeth delivered a 2-run single to right field to give Nicholls an 8-7 lead.
The Cardinals used their own two-out rally to take back the lead in the bottom of the fifth sixth inning. Baker drew a two-out walk and DeLome followed with an RBI triple to straight away center field to tie the game at 8-8. Ambort hit a towering 2-run home run to right field, his second of the day, to put Lamar up 10-8.
Kulbeth, who was 2-for-4 singled up the middle with two outs in the top of the seventh inning for the Colonels. Bourne followed with a 2-run home run to right field to tie the game at 10-10.
Scott Meyer (1-1) pitched the final two innings to pick up his first win of the season in relief for the Cardinals. He allowed no runs or hits with one walk. Brian Sparks (0-2) took the loss in relief for the Colonels, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout.
In game one, Bourne led off the game with a bunt single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Corley. DeLaneuville hit a ground ball to third baseman Ryan Baker, who was charged with a fielding error and allowed Bourne to score the game's first run.
Baker singled down the left field line with one out in the bottom of the third inning. DeLome followed with a single to right field. Ambort doubled to left center field to drive in Baker. Moore cleared the bases with a 2-run triple to the base of the wall in straight away center field.
After Jeff Vickers walked, Towne singled to right field to drive in Moore. Dunson followed with a 3-run home run to left field to give the Cardinals a 7-1 lead. It was Dunson's third homer of the season. DeLome led off the bottom of the sixth inning with an opposite field, solo home run down the left field line, which was his seventh of the season, to extend Lamar's lead to 8-1.
Brian Lloyd hit a solo home run down the left field line, his second of the season, in the seventh inning. Kanaby drew a walk and DeLome hit a 2-run home run to right center field, his second of the game, to put Lamar up 11-1. That ended the game due to the league's 10-run rule.
LU starter Allen Harrington (4-2) tossed a complete-game, allowing one unearned run on two hits with no walks and tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts. He retired 18 in a row at one point and finished the game by retiring 19 of the final 20 batters he faced. It was Harrington's second complete-game of the season.
Ross Larson (1-5) started and took the loss for Nicholls. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Lamar scored 22 runs on 28 hits in Sunday's doubleheader, collecting identical marks of 11 runs and 14 hits in each game. Of the 28 hits, 17 went for extra bases, including eight home runs. DeLome went 6-for-8 with five runs scored, a double, a triple, two home runs and five RBI. Ambort went 4-for-9 with three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. He is now tied for second with Kim Christensen on Lamar's career home run list with 32, trailing only Morgan Walker's 34.