April 18, 2010
BEAUMONT - Kevin Roebuck and Pablo Salinas combined to drive in nine runs Sunday afternoon as Lamar University came from six runs down in defeating Sam Houston State, 14-7.
Roebuck, who had entered the game as a defensive replacement an inning earlier, had easily the game's biggest blow - a grand slam over the leftfield fence that snapped a 7-7 tie in the seventh inning. Salinas slugged a pair of two-run doubles, and he picked up another RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the Cardinals' seven-run seventh.
After managing only two hits through the first five innings, the Cardinals began heating up by banging out four hits, including Salinas' first two-run double, in scoring three sixth-inning runs to reduce their deficit to 7-4.
The Cardinals, who improved to 23-15 on the season and pulled even at 9-9 in the Southland Conference, had only three hits in the pivotal seventh inning, but they were aided by two bases-loaded walks and three hit batsmen, including two with the bases also jammed.
The dramatic home run, which brought the Vincent-Beck Stadium crowd of 476 to their feet, was Roebuck's second of the series. Salinas' two, two-baggers improved his season total to 10, and Quentin Luquette, who went 2-for-4 from his leadoff spot, laced his 13th double of the season into right field in the first inning to tie Aaron Buchanan for the team lead.
The come-from-behind win completed the Cardinals' first SLC series sweep of the season, and it extended their winning streak to four games.
The loss dropped Sam Houston State to 15-22 on the season, and the Bearkats fell to 8-10 in the SLC, one game behind the Cardinals. Catcher Michael Hilliard hit his second homer of the season for the Bearkats. It was a solo shot in the fourth inning, putting the Bearkats up 3-0 at the time.
Roebuck's big blast helped make a winner of Brandon Chambers
, the fourth of five pitchers employed by Cardinal coach Jim Gilligan
on the afternoon. The win was the senior left-hander's second in as many decisions this season.
Blake Ford pitched the final two innings for the Cardinals, holding the Bearkats scoreless on one hit.
The Cardinals will take a brief break from SLC action Wednesday when they'll host the University of Houston in a 6:30 p.m. game, also in Vincent-Beck Stadium.