April 20, 2005
BEAUMONT - Senior Jeremy Gray's 2-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning was the game-winner as Lamar came from behind for a 5-4 win over Louisiana Tech in non-conference baseball action Wednesday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved to 28-14 overall. The Cardinals host Northwestern State in a pivotal three-game Southland Conference series this weekend beginning with Friday's 7 p.m. game. The Demons (13-2) hold a three-game lead over the Cardinals and Texas-Arlington (10-5) in the SLC standings.
The Cardinals trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Matt Lambeth started the rally by getting hit by a pitch from reliever Alan Knotts (0-1). Colt Crawford followed with a single to center field. Collin Delome doubled to left center field to drive in Lambeth to make the score 4-3.
Michael Ambort was intentionally walked to load the bases. Gray delivered a clutch 2-run single to right field to drive in Crawford and DeLome and put Lamar up 5-4. The Cardinals had a chance to drive in more runs, but Ebarb grounded out to the pitcher and Richards struck out to end the inning.
La. Tech had broken a 2-2 tie with two runs of its own in the top of the seventh inning. Gil Laird led off the inning with a double to left center. Pinch-hitter Brandon Hudson tripled down the left field line to drive in Laird with the go-ahead run. Gary Holik reached on an error by Richards at third base which allowed Hudson to score and give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead.
Lamar jumped out to the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Jo Jo Haney led off the inning with a double to right center. Will Henderson reached on a throwing error by Ryan Hamilton at third base and Richards walked to load the bases with one out.
Lambeth drove in Haney with the game's first run with a single to center field. Crawford hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Henderson and give Lamar a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Ryan Hamilton reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Laird, who was 2-for-4, drove in Hamilton with a single to right field to make the score 2-1.
Albie Goulder doubled down the right field line with one out in the top of the fifth inning. He advanced on ground out and scored on a wild pitch by Lamar starter Tim Erickson to tie the game at 2-2.
Scott Meyer (2-0) picked up the win in relief for the Cardinals. He allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with four strikeouts and no walks in two innings pitched. Scott Vander Weg sat down the Bulldogs in order in the top of the ninth to earn his four save of the season. Erickson allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings pitched.
Knotts took the loss for La. Tech. He allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts in four innings pitched. Starter Andrew Lassere pitcher the first two innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits with one walk.