April 3, 2005
BEAUMONT - Freshman Collin Delome went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in to lead Lamar University to a 9-0 shutout of Nicholls State Sunday after at Vincent-Beck Stadium to complete a three-game Southland Conference series sweep.
Lamar improved to 22-11 overall and 7-2 in SLC play. Nicholls State dropped to 14-15 overall and 2-7 in SLC play. The Cardinals have won six straight SLC games, posting a three-game sweep at McNeese State last weekend. Lamar is tied with Texas-Arlington for second place in the league standings, one game behind Northwestern State (8-1).
Lamar wasted little time in getting on the board, scoring four times in the bottom of the first inning. Chase Richards reached on a one-out infield single deep in the hole at shortstop. After Adrian Cantu walked, Michael Ambort singled up the middle to drive in Richards with the game's first run. Collin Delome followed with an opposite field, 3-run home run to left field to put Lamar up 4-0.
DeLome, who doubled, homered and scored two runs, led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a double to left center. C.J. Ebarb followed with a single to left field to put runners on the corners. William Henderson grounded into a double play, but DeLome was able to score to put Lamar up 5-0.
The Cardinals added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ambort, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, led off with a single to center field. Ebarb was hit by a pitch, which ended the day for Nicholls starter Bryan Myers, and Sam Huff came on to pinch-run for Ebarb.
Henderson singled to left field to drive in Ambort. Jo Jo Haney came on to pinch-run for Henderson and stole second base. Huff came in to score when the catcher's throw to second went into center field. Gray, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, singled to right field to drive in Haney and make the score 8-0.
Lamar added a run in the eighth inning. Huff doubled to center field and scored on Gray's single to center field to close out the scoring.
Steve MacFarland (4-1), making his first start of the season, pitched six and one-third innings of shutout baseball, allowing no runs on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Scott Vander Weg pitched the final two and two-third innings, allowing no runs on one hit with three strikeouts.
Myers (2-4) allowed seven runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout in five and one-third innings pitched to take the loss for the Colonels.
Lamar does not have a mid-week game this week and continues SLC action next weekend with a three-game series at Louisiana-Monroe beginning with Friday's 6:30 p.m. game.