April 16, 2005
BEAUMONT - Lamar had 13 hits, all singles, but left 15 runners on base in dropping its second straight game to visiting Southeastern Louisiana, 10-4, in Southland Conference action Saturday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar dropped to 25-14 overall and 9-5 in SLC play. SLU improved to 17-20 overall and 7-7 in SLC play. Lamar and SLU close out the weekend series today at 1 p.m.
The Cardinals slipped to third place in the conference standings at Texas-Arlington (10-4) posted a 9-3 win at Texas-San Antonio to move into sole possession of second place. Northwestern State (12-2) lost 7-4 at Sam Houston State, but still holds a two-game lead over the Mavericks.
SLU, who won Friday's game with a two-out, 3-run double in the top of the ninth inning, kept its momentum going with a run in the top of the first inning. Steve Clevenger, who delivered the 3-run double, reached on a two-base error by first baseman Jo Jo Haney. Randy Roth followed with a single to right field to drive in Clevenger with the game's first run.
The Lions added three more off Lamar starter William Delage in the second inning. Jason Waguespack walked and Trent Hebert singled to center field. Tony Suarez hit a 3-run home run down the left field line to put SLU up 4-0.
Clevenger, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, singled to right field in the third, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on Waguespack's RBI single to left field. Hebert followed with a RBI double to right center field to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.
Lamar broke through in the fifth inning. Chase Richards, who was 2-for-4, led of the inning with an infield single. Haney and Matt Lambeth, who was 2-for-6, both singled to load the bases with no outs. Collin Delome drove in Richards with a sacrifice fly to center field.
, who was 2-for-4, singled to left field to drive in Haney and Jeremy Gray
singled to left field to drive in Lambeth to cut the lead to 6-3.
SLU pushed the lead to 8-3 in the seventh inning. Roth, who was 2-for-5, singled to left field. Ryan Spencer, who was 2-for-5 with three RBI, followed with a 2-run home run to left center field.
Lamar loaded the bases again in the home half of the seventh inning. Ambort and Cantu both walked to lead off the inning and Colt Crawford was hit by a pitch from reliever Risley St. Germain, to load the bases with two outs. Richards drew a walked to drive in Ambort. Jonathan Taylor, SLU's third pitcher of the game, struck out Haney looking to end the inning.
The Lions added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning. Clevenger singled to left field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored on Spencer's single to right field. Jon Greenwich singled to left field to drive in Spencer to make the score 10-4.
Lamar put its first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning. C.J. Ebarb singled to left field and Crawford was hit by a pitch for the second straight at-bat. Richards and Haney both grounded into fielder's choices, and Lambeth lined out to left field to end the game.
Delage (4-3) took the loss for the Cardinals, allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in three innings pitched. Trey Swor pitched four innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Chuckie Platt pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
Rodney Story (5-3) allowed three runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and one walk in five and one-third innings pitched to pick up the win for SLU. Taylor pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to earn his first save, allowing no runs on three hits with one strikeout.