April 10, 2005
MONROE, La. - Steve MacFarland and Scott Vander Weg combined on a three-hitter as Lamar University shut out Louisiana-Monroe 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Indian Field to help the Cardinals take two of three in the weekend Southland Conference series.
Lamar improved to 24-12 overall and 9-3 in SLC play. ULM dropped to 17-15 overall and 3-9 in SLC play. The Cardinals moved back into a tie for second place in the SLC standings with Texas-Arlington, who lost the series finale to Texas State. Northwestern State swept a three-game series from visiting McNeese State and increased its lead to two full games at 11-1.
The Cardinals return home Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game with Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin Cajuns won the earlier meeting 23-3 three weeks ago in Lafayette.
MacFarland (5-1), a sophomore from Marlboro, N.Y., made and won his second straight Sunday start for Lamar. He allowed no runs on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts in five and two-third innings pitched.
Vander Weg, a senior from Englewood, Colo., pitched the final three and one-third innings to earn his third save of the season. He allowed no runs on one hit with no walks and two strikeouts.
The Cardinals twosome allowed just one base runner to reach third base and retired the Indians in order in the third, fifth, seventh and ninth innings.
All the scoring happened in the sixth inning. Collin Delome, who went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to a season-high seven games, singled to right field with one out. After Andrew Leal struck out, stole second base. Jeremy Gray followed with a two-out, 2-run home run to right field to provide all the offense the Cardinals would need.
ULM mounted a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. Adam Barfield, James Bennett and Daniel Raymond all walked, the last two coming with two outs. That chased MacFarland from the game and Vander Weg got Justin LaBorde to line out the center field to end the threat.
The Indians had runners reach in the second and seventh innings. Matt Miller doubled to right center in the second with two outs, but Tony Lamothe grounded out to third to end the inning. Barfield singled to right field and advanced to second on a passed ball with one out. Ty Rollinson popped out to shortstop and Bennett flew out to center field to end the inning.
The Cardinals threatened in the third inning. Murray Gilbertson doubled to right center with one out and advanced to third on a passed ball. He was left stranded as Matt Lambeth struck out and Michael Ambort flew out to center field to end the inning.
Lambeth went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to a season-high eight games, which is also tied for the longest hitting streak by a Cardinal this season. Colt Crawford 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to five games.
ULM starter Kyle Smith (0-2) pitched well, throwing just the one bad pitch to Gray. He allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings pitched. Danny Borne pitched the final three innings, allowing no runs on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.