April 13, 2010
BEAUMONT - Blake Ford came within one out of pitching the 16th no-hitter in Lamar University baseball history Tuesday night in leading the Cardinals to a 10-0 victory for a split of a doubleheader with Texas-Pan American.
Pinch-hitter Thomas Tovar, who was 1-for-4 for the season when he went to the plate with two outs in the seventh inning, broke up Ford's bid for the Cardinals' first no hitter in 10 years by bounding a 3-2 pitch over Ford's head. He leaped and managed to get his glove on the ball but was unable to catch it.
A 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior from Lufkin, Ford struck out four batters and walked four. He retired the Broncs in order through the first three innings before walking left fielder Bryant Elliott to lead off the fourth.
The Vincent-Beck Stadium crowd of 344 saw Ford throw 97 pitches, 56 for strikes. Lamar coach Jim Gilligan replaced Ford with Miller Aldrich after Tovar's infield single, and Aldrich got right fielder Alex Carnall to line out to Andy Mena at shortstop to end the game, which was shortened to seven innings by the mercy rule.
Outfielder Quentin Luquette went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in to lead the Cardinal offense. Cameron Campbell and Ted Zentek had two hits each.
Shortstop Aaron Buchanan, who hit safely in both games to extend his hitting streak to seven games, had his first triple of the season, as did Zentek.
Ford was attempting to pitch Lamar's first no-hitter since David Talamantez threw a seven-inning, 4-0 shutout of Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 13, 2000.
Abraham Garcia, Vincent Mejia and Mike McCarthy collected two hits each to lead the Broncs to their 9-7 victory in the opener. For Lamar, Mena and Wade Mathis
had three hits each.
A.J. Franco, the second of four Bronc pitchers, earned his first victory of the season by going 2.2 innings, and Guadalupe Barrera worked the final two innings to notch his fourth save of the season.
Jake Henderson, the third of five Cardinal pitchers, absorbed his first loss in three decisions.
The split leaves the Cardinals at 20-15 going into their weekend Southland Conference series against Sam Houston State, also in Vincent-Beck Stadium. The Broncs are now 11-17.