April 14, 2007
HUNSTVILLE - Senior Ryan Baker went 4-for-8 with three runs scored and five runs batted in to fuel the offense and junior Tim Erickson picked up a pair of saves as Lamar University swept a doubleheader from Sam Houston State Saturday afternoon by scores of 9-6 and 8-7 in Southland Conference baseball action at Don Sanders Stadium.
Lamar improved to 24-15 overall and 11-3 in SLC play. Sam Houston is 23-14 overall and 8-6 in SLC play. The Cardinals will go for the three-game sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lamar got off to a fast start in game one. Ryan Baker, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, singled and Collin DeLome was hit by a pitch. Michael Ambort followed with a 3-run home run down the right field, which was his team leading ninth of the season.
The Cardinals added another run in the top of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Travis Dunson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on Brian Lloyd's sacrifice bunt. He scored from third on Zach Pugh's throwing error to second base to try to get Erik Kanaby on a stolen base attempt.
SHSU scored three times in the bottom of the fourth inning. Keith Stein and Bobby Verbick both singled, and Karl Krailo walked to load the bases win no outs. Dunson cut down the lead runner at home plate on Jeremy Holzbach's fielder's choice ground out.
Austin Boggs walked to force in Verbick. Todd Sebek plated Krailo with a sacrifice fly to right field. Pugh singled up the middle to drive in Boggs and make the score 4-3.
The Cardinals added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to extend their lead to 6-3. Lloyd singled and scored on DeLome's double to right field in the sixth inning.
In the seventh inning, David Moore
walked and Dan Hernandez
, who was 3-for-5, followed with a single. He advanced to third on a throwing error by reliever Jon Lindenberger and scored on a passed ball by Pugh.
Lamar added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning, which proved to be very useful. Baker delivered a 2-run single to right center field and DeLome, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, followed with a double to right center field to put Lamar up 9-3.
The Bearkats rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sebek led off the inning with a triple off the wall in right field. Pugh followed with a single up the middle to drive in Sebek. Clint Mann doubled to center field to drive in Pugh. Verbick drove in Mann with a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 9-6.
Allen Harrington (5-3) started and picked up the win for the Cardinals. He allowed three runs on six hits with five walks and three strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Tim Erickson pitched the final two innings to earn his third save of the season, allowing three runs on four hits.
SHSU starter Jesse Marshall (6-3) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings pitched.
It was more of the same for the Cardinals in game two. Kanaby, who went hitless for just the second time all season in game one, which ended a 14-game hitting streak, led off game two with an infield single and advanced to second on Holzbach's throwing error. Baker doubled to right center field to drive in Kanaby with the game's first run.
SHSU answered with three runs in the home half of the first inning. Mann was hit by a pitch from LU starter Brian Needham and Verbick walked. Karl Krailo drove in Mann with a single to center field. Austin Boggs delivered a two-out, 2-run singled to center field to put the Bearkats up 3-1.
The Cardinals responded with four runs in the top of the second. Hernandez led off the inning with a double to left center field. Jeff Vickers followed with a single to right. Hernandez scored on a wild pitch by SHSU starter Jacob Howard.
Dunson singled to right center to drive in Vickers. Lloyd reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt and Kanaby sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Dunson scored on a wild pitch and Baker drove in Lloyd with a sacrifice fly to right field to give Lamar a 5-3 lead.
The Cardinals added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning. Dunson led off with a single, but was erased on Lloyd's fielder's choice sacrifice bunt attempt. Kanaby also hit into a fielder's choice and Baker reached on an error by Howard. Morrison, who replaced DeLome in center field, delivered a 2-run triple to left center field to extend Lamar's lead to 7-3.
SHSU scored twice in the seventh inning. Stein led off with a single. Verbick reached on a throwing error by Dunson at third. The errant throw went down the right field line and allowed Stein to score all the way from first base and Verbick ended up on second base. Krailo singled and Verbick scored on Holzbach's sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 7-5.
Lamar added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Lloyd reached on a throwing error by Holzbach at shortstop. Kanaby followed by reaching on an infield single and Lloyd advanced to third on a throwing error by Holzbach, who throw to first to get Kanaby was wide of the bag. Baker drove in Lloyd with a sacrifice fly to center field to put the Cardinals up 8-5.
Mann started a two-out rally by getting hit by a pitch from reliever Scott Meyer in the bottom of the eighth inning. Stein followed with a single to center field and Verbick walked to load the bases. Krailo delivered a 2-run single to left field. Brad Depoy, on in relief of Meyer, walked Holzbach to reload the bases. Erickson replaced Depoy on the mound and coaxed Boggs to fly out to right field to end the inning with the Cardinals clinging to an 8-7 lead.
Needham (5-2) picked up the win for Lamar. He allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits with four walks and one strikeout in six innings pitched. Erickson pitched the final 1 1/3 third innings, allowing one hit with one walk to earn his second saver of the day and fourth of the season. Howard (7-3) took the loss for SHSU, allowing seven runs, three earned, on 11 hits with no walks and three strikeouts in six innings pitched.