April 19, 2005
BEAUMONT - Jo Jo Haney's 2-run double in the bottom of the 12th inning was the game-winner as Lamar University came from behind for the second straight game, posting a 3-2 win over Louisiana Tech in non-conference baseball action Tuesday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar, who came back from a 5-0 deficit on Sunday to beat Southeastern Louisiana 7-6, improved to 27-14 overall. Louisiana Tech dropped to 15-23. The Cardinals and Bulldogs will close out the two-game set today at 3 p.m.
Freshman Collin Delome started the game-ending rally with a single to right field with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning. Michael Ambort followed a line drive that tipped off the outstretched glove of second baseman Brandon Haygood and trickled into right field for a base hit.
Jeremy Gray, who was 2-for-5, was walked to load the bases. Haney, pinch-hitting for pitcher Chuckie Platt, hit a 0-1 pitch that one-hopped the wall in left center field to drive in Chad Barbre, pinch-running for DeLome, and Ambort with the game winning runs.
La. Tech had taken the lead with a run in the top of the 12th inning. Pitcher Amos Ramon tripled to right center field, which was his first hit of the season. Ryan Hamilton drove him in with a single to right field to put the Bulldogs up 2-1.
Trailing 1-0, Lamar tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Adrian Cantu led off the inning with a single to right field. Murray Gilbertson pinch-ran for Cantu and stole second base. C.J. Ebarb sacrificed Gilbertson to third and Richards drove in Gilbertson with a hard hit ground ball through a drawn in infield.
LTU took the early lead with a run in the top of the third inning. Albie Goulder reached on a two-base throwing error by Cantu at third base. Gary Holik followed with a single up the middle to drive in Goulder and give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
Platt (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in relief for Lamar. He allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts in two innings pitched. William Delage pitched four and two-third innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Derrick Gordon pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the Cardinals, allowing two hits with five strikeouts and no walks. He also made his first career at-bat, grounding out to first base. Richards, who started the game as the designated hitter, went to third base in the eighth inning which made the pitcher's spot bat in the order.
Ramon (1-3) took the loss in relief for the Bulldogs. He allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Starter Matt Lacy pitched the first 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.