April 9, 2005
MONROE, La. - Lamar University used a 14-hit attack, including at least one by every starter and six for extra bases, to hand Louisiana-Monroe a 10-5 loss at Indian Field in Southland Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon.
Lamar improved to 23-12 overall and 8-3 in SLC play. ULM, who won 5-2 on Friday, dropped to 17-14 overall and 3-8 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Indians will play the rubber game of the series today at 1 p.m. The Cardinals remained in third place in the league standings behind league-leader Northwestern State (10-1) and Texas-Arlington (9-2), both of which have taken the first two games of its respective series'.
As has been the case often this season, the Cardinals scored in the first inning to take the early lead. Adrian Cantu hit a solo home run to right field to get things started. Michael Ambort and Collin Delome both singled to right field. Andrew Leal singled to left field to drive in Ambort. DeLome also scored on the play on an error by the left fielder to put Lamar up 3-0.
The Indians answered with a run in the home half of the first. Glenn Jackson singled to center field and Ty Rollinson followed with a single to left field. Justin LaBorde drove in Jackson from third with a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 3-1.
Will Henderson doubled down the left field line to lead off the second inning and scored on a ground out by Cantu.
ULM pulled to within a run, 4-3, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Daniel Raymond walked, Tony Garvin reached on an error by shortstop Colt Crawford and Jackson loaded the bases with an infield single. Adam Barfield, who was 2-for-4, followed with a 2-run single to center field.
Lamar broke the game open with two runs in fourth and fifth innings to extend its lead to 8-3. Jeremy Gray
led off the fourth with a double to center field and Henderson, who was 2-for-4, followed with a 2-run home run to left field.
Leal started a 2-out rally in the fifth inning with a walk. Chase Richards, who was 2-for-4, singled to left field and Gray, who was 2-for-4, singled to right field to drive in Leal. Crawford singled to center field to drive in Richards.
Ambort, who was 2-for-5 with two RBI, homered to right field with two outs in the sixth inning to push the lead to 9-3. Matt Lambeth closed out Lamar's scoring with a solo home run to left field in the eighth inning.
ULM scratched across two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jackson walked and Barfield doubled down the left field line. Rollinson walked to load the bases. LaBorde drove in two runs with a fielder's choice to make the score 10-5.
Starter William Delage (4-2) picked up the win for the Cardinals. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts in five innings pitched. Matt Lane (2-5) took the loss for ULM, allowing six runs, four earned, on eight hits in three and one-third innings pitched.