April 12, 2005
BEAUMONT - It was the same two teams that played three weeks ago in Lafayette, but the outcome was completely different Tuesday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar's freshmen duo of Scott Meyer and Allen Harrington combined on a two-hitter as the Cardinals posted a 3-1 win over No. 21-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette.
On March 22, UL-Lafayette pounded out 19 hits en route to a 23-3 win over Lamar at Moore Field. The one run was the lowest by the Ragin Cajuns this season and the two hits are the fewest in three seasons.
Lamar, who has won nine of its last 11 games, improved to 25-12 overall and beat a ranked team for the second time this season. UL-Lafayette dropped to 29-7 overall and lost its third mid-week game to a Southland Conference team this season. The Cardinals host Southeastern Louisiana in conference play this weekend beginning with Friday's 7 p.m. game at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Cardinals started the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Chase Richards, who was 2-for-4, singled to right field and advanced to second on a ground out. Colt Crawford, who was 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to six games, drove in Richards with a single to left field.
Lamar added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Murray Gilbertson reached on an infield single and stole second. Matt Lambeth singled to right field, which extended his hitting streak to a team-best nine games, to put runners on the corners.
A balk by UL-Lafayette starter Micah Cockrell forced in Gilbertson and Michael Ambort, who was 2-for-4, singled to right field to drive in Lambeth to put Lamar up 3-0.
The Ragin Cajuns pushed an unearned run across in the top of the sixth inning. John Coker reached on a three-base fielding error by Richards in left field. Josh Landry followed with a single to right field to make the score 3-1.
Meyer (1-0), making his second start of the season, allowed one unearned run on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five and one-third innings pitched. He retired the Cajuns in order win the second, fourth and fifth innings.
Harrington pitched the final three and two-third innings, allowing no runs or hits with no walks and five strikeouts to earn his first save of the season. He retired all 11 batters he faced to end the game.
Cockrell (2-2) took the loss for UL-Lafayette, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts in six innings pitched.