April 8, 2005
MONROE, La. - Freshman Collin DeLome went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, but Louisiana-Monroe's Matt Green shut down the rest of the Cardinals lineup to help the Indians claim a 5-2 in win Friday night in Southland Conference action at Indian Field.
Lamar dropped to 22-12 overall and 7-3 in SLC play. UL-Monroe improved to 17-13 overall and 3-7 in SLC play. The Cardinals had swept their last two SLC series for a six-game winning streak in league play. The series continues today with a 3 p.m. game and concludes Sunday at 1.
Green tossed a complete-game, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts to improve to 7-1 on the season. The right-hander capped off his dominating performance by striking out the side in the top of the ninth inning to end the game.
Lamar's Derrick Gordon also pitched a complete-game, allowing five runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in eight innings pitched. That was his second complete-game of the season.
Lamar started the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Michael Ambort doubled to right center field with two outs to extend his hitting streak to five games. He scored when Collin DeLome reached on an error by shortstop Steve Lawler.
UL-Monroe broke through with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which was all the offense Green would need. Adam Barfield led off the inning with a single to center and was sacrificed to second by Ty Rollinson. After Daniel Raymond was hit by a pitch, James Bennett hit a 3-run home run to right field.
Justin LaBorde followed with an infield single and Tony Lamothe walked. Todd Garvin singled to left field to drive in LaBorde and put the Indians up 4-1.
UL-Monroe added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Glenn Jackson reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and third base, and scored on a wild pitch from Gordon to make the score 5-1.
The Cardinals scratched across another run in the top of the eighth inning. Adrian Cantu
singled to left field with one out. DeLome, who extended his hitting streak to five games, followed with a triple down the right field line to drive in Cantu and cut the lead to 5-2.
Colt Crawford went 3-for-4 with a triple for the Cardinals. Cantu and Ambort each went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Matt Lambeth went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to a season-high six games.
Junior William Delage, who is 3-2 with a 4.17 earned run average, is expected to start today's game for Lamar. Matt Lane, who is 2-4 with a 5.36 ERA, is expected to take the mound for UL-Monroe.