April 6, 2007
CONWAY, Ark. - Senior Erik Kanaby had hits in both games to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, but Zach Dickson went 7-for-10 with five doubles and seven runs batted in to lead Central Arkansas to a doubleheader sweep over Lamar University by scores of 16-8 and 8-2 Friday afternoon in Southland Conference baseball action at UCA Field.
Lamar dropped to 21-14 overall and 8-3 in SLC play. UCA improved to 13-17 overall and 3-8 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Bears will close out the series with a 1 p.m. game Saturday.
It was all UCA in game one and they scored 16 runs on 18 hits. Dickson went 4-for-6 with three runs scored, three doubles and four RBI. Chris Davis went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI and Craig Nyborg was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.
Kanaby, who was 2-for-5 with an RBI, doubled to left field to lead off the first inning, but was left stranded at third base. The Bears didn't waste their opportunities in the home half of the first inning, scoring five times and chasing Lamar starter Brian Sisk before he completed one inning. Jonathan Ashworth had a RBI single. Davis and Dickson followed with back-to-back doubles with Davis' driving in two runs, and Graham Martin had an RBI single.
Michael Ambort, who was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, singled in the fourth inning. David Moore, who was 2-for-5 with five RBI, followed with a 2-run home run to right center field. UCA answered with a 2-run double from Dickson in the bottom of the fourth.
The Cardinals scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, UCA starter threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt, which allowed Ambort and Jeff Vickers, who reached on a walk, to score. UCA answered again with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend its lead to 14-5.
walked and Ambort double down the right field line in the top of the eighth inning. Moore followed with a 3-run home run to right center field, which was his second of the game and fifth of the season.
Sisk (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing five runs on five hits with no walks or strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning pitched, which was his shortest outing of the season. Bobby Pritchett (3-1) pitched a complete-game, allowing eight runs, five earned, on 10 hits with three walks in 9.0 innings pitched.
In game two, UCA struck first again, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Derrick Corso singled to left field and Davis was hit by a pitch from starter Allen Harrington. Dickson, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, delivered a 2-run double to left center field for a quick 2-0 lead.
Lamar tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, which was all the offense the Cardinals could muster against starter Jeremy Cloud. Ryan Baker singled up the middle and Ambort hit a 2-run home run to right center. That was his fifth home run of the season and 33rd of his career, leaving him one shy of tying Morgan Walker (1993-96) for the all-time record.
UCA broke the tie with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ashworth and Martin had RBI singles, and Dickson hit a 2-run single down the right field line to give the Bears a 6-2 lead.
Chris Houk walked and Matt Warren hit a 2-run home run to left field for a pair of insurance runs and extend UCA's lead to 8-2.
Kanaby, who was 2-for-5 in game one, went 1-for-5 in game two to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He has now hit safely in 32 of 33 games played this season.
Harrington (4-3) took the loss for the Cardinals. He tossed a complete-game, which was his third of the season, allowing eight runs on 11 hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings pitched. Cloud (1-0) earned his first win of the season and pitched his first complete-game of the season. He allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts in 9.0 innings pitched.