April 20, 2007
BEAUMONT - Michael Ambort and Jeff Vickers each went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead Lamar University to a 7-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday night in Southland Conference baseball action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved to 26-15 overall and 13-3 in SLC play. TAMU-Corpus Christi dropped to 22-19 overall and 7-9 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Islanders continue the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m.
Lamar scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back. Collin DeLome doubled down the right field line to put runners on second and third. Ambort drove in Ryan Baker with the game's first run on single to center field. Jeff Vickers and Brian Lloyd each had 2-run singles.
DeLome, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, doubled to right center field in the bottom of the second inning. Ambort followed with an RBI single to left field to put the Cardinals up 7-0.
TAMU-CC struck for a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. Chase Wheaton and Bryan Gerondale both singled to start the inning. Jason Graham doubled down the right field line to drive in Wheaton. Gerondale scored when Chris Widner reached on a throwing error by shortstop Brian Lloyd to make the score 7-2.
The Islanders added a run in the top of the eighth inning. Gerondale reached on a throwing error by Lloyd at shortstop and Graham walked. Chase Williams singled to left center to drive in Gerondale. Josh Plumaj reached when Erik Kanaby dropped a fly ball in left field that loaded the bases. Tim Erickson struck out pinch-hitter Jon Kourie and David Williams flew out to center field to end the inning.
TAMU-Corpus Christi matched Lamar in the hit column with nine, but the Islanders left nine runners on base. The Cardinals also committed three errors, which led to one unearned run.
Allen Harrington (6-3) pitched seven and one-third innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits with one walk and nine strikeouts to pick up the win. Erickson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his fifth save of the season.
Will Norman (4-5) pitched a complete-game for the Islanders, but took the loss. He allowed seven runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts. After the second inning, Norman held the Cardinals scoreless and allowed only an eighth-inning single to Vickers.
Sophomore Brian Needham, who is 5-2 with a 4.21 earned run average, is expected to start Saturday for Lamar. Matt Wilson, who is 5-3 with a 4.12 ERA, is TAMU-Corpus Christi's probable starter.