April 2, 2005
BEAUMONT - Lamar University hit a season-high five home runs and received a complete-game performance from William Delage as the Cardinals slugged their way to a 13-2 win over Nicholls State Saturday afternoon in Southland Conference action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved its record to 21-11 overall and 6-2 in SLC play. Nicholls dropped to 14-14 overall and 2-6 in SLC play. The Cardinals will go for the series sweep today at 1 p.m.
Nicholls State loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning, but managed to get just one run home. Michael Roberts led off the game with a double to left center. Tim Daigle walked and Bubba Bell singled to left field. Jose Higuera drove in Roberts with a fielder's choice.
Lamar responded by loading the bases with no outs in the home half of the first inning. Matt Lambeth led off with a walk, Colt Crawford reached on an infield single and Adrian Cantu reached on a bunt single.
After Michael Ambort struck out, Will Henderson hit a 2-run double to left field. Jeremy Gray followed with a 2-run double to right center. Jo Jo Haney drove in Gray with a single to left field to put Lamar up 5-1.
The Colonels chipped away at the lead with a run in the top of the third inning. Roberts led off the inning with an infield single. He stole second and moved to third in a fly out to center field by Bell. Higuera drove in Roberts with a RBI bunt single down the third base line.
Ambort, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, hit a solo home run deep down the left field line with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 6-2. The Cardinals added another run in the sixth. Richards singled to right field, moved to second on a balk and went to third on a ground out by Haney. Richards scored on a ground out by Murray Gilbertson
to extend the lead to 7-2.
Crawford led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to left field, which ended the day for Nicholls starter Marcus Markray (4-2). After giving up singles to Cantu and Ambort, reliever Ray Labat retired the next three batters to retire the side with Lamar leading 8-2.
Lamar closed out the scoring and ended the game with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Lambeth started the game-ending rally with a solo home run to center field, his first of the season. Cantu hit a 2-run home run to right center field and Henderson ended the game with a 2-run blast to left field to make the score 13-2.
Delage (3-2) pitched a complete-game, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He retired the final 16 batters to end the game, setting the Colonels down in order in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Henderson finished the game going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, a home run and four RBI. Crawford was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and hit his first home run of the season.
Markray allowed eight runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts in six innings pitched to take the loss for Nicholls. Labat allowed five runs on seven hits over the final one and two-third innings.