April 9, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI - Quentin Luquette drove in a career-high seven runs Friday night, and Andy Mena added four RBIs as Lamar University overpowered Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 16-3 in a Southland Conference game ended after eight innings by the mercy rule.
Luquette, a senior outfielder from Klein High School, hit a three-run double in the second inning, helping the Cardinals race to an early 10-0 lead after four innings. He earlier had a run-scoring triple to centerfield in the first inning, and he added a three-run double to left field in the eighth inning.
After Ryan Meade walked and Pablo Salinas singled in the fourth inning, Mena, a junior second baseman from Huffman Hargrave, slugged his first home run of the season, and he also had an RBI double in the sixth inning.
Junior outfielder Ted Zentek contributed a two-run double to the Cardinals' 15-hit attack in the third inning.
Starting pitcher Matison Smith, a senior right-hander from Nederland, was the benefactor of the Cardinals' offensive explosion that snapped a three-game losing streak. He allowed seven hits, struck out six batters and walked three in 7.2 innings while improving his season record to 5-1.
The victory moved coach Jim Cardinals to 18-13 on the season and 5-8 in the SLC. The Islanders dropped to 12-19 and 4-9, respectively. The teams will play Game 2 of the three-game series Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. at Whataburger Field.