April 22, 2005
BEAUMONT - Sophomore Michael Ambort's grand slam in the ninth inning tied the game and his 2-run shot in the bottom of the 11th was the game-winner as Lamar posted its fourth straight comeback win in Friday's 10-8 victory over Northwestern State in Southland Conference action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar improved to 29-14 overall and 11-5 in SLC play. NSU dropped to 29-14 overall and 13-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals are alone in second place in the SLC standings, one-game ahead of Texas-Arlington (10-6), who lost 17-5 to McNeese State, and Texas-San Antonio (10-6), who defeated Southeastern Louisiana 5-1.
The Cardinals and Demons continue the three-game series today at 2 p.m. Freshman Allen Harrington, who is 3-2 with a 3.00 earned run average, is expected to start for the Cardinals. Kyle Broughton, who is 7-1 with a 5.06 ERA, will take the mound for the Demons.
Freshman Collin Delome led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a single to right field and advanced to second on a fielding error by right fielder Miles Durham. Ambort followed with a 2-run home run high over the wall in right center field to give the Cardinals the 10-8 win. It was Lamar's sixth last at-bat win of the season.
Trailing 8-4 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Sam Huff led off the inning with an infield single. Colt Crawford singled to right field and DeLome was hit by a pitch from reliever Blake Jones to load the bases with one out. Ambort cleared the bases with a grand slam home run to straight away center field to tie the game at 8-8.
Derrick Gordon (4-5) picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing no hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Daniel Desclouds (2-2) took the loss for the Demons, allowing two runs on three hits with one strikeout.
DeLome, who went 3-for-4, tied the school's single-game record with five runs scored, becoming the seventh player in team history to do so. He also tied the single-season triples record with his sixth three-bagger in the eighth inning, tying Eric Mapp and Joe McCann.
Ambort became the 39th player in school history to hit two home runs in a game and is the first player since Matt Gowan hit two against Arkansas on May 31, 2003 in the NCAA Regional at Austin. He also drove in seven runs, which ties for the fourth most in a single-game in school history.
After three scoreless innings, NSU put up the game's first two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Michael Palermo led off the inning with a single up the middle and Brandon Morgan followed with a single to left field.
Blake Jones doubled down the right field line to drive in Palermo with the game's first run. Bobby Barbier drove in Morgan with an RBI ground out to put the Demons up 2-0.
Lamar answered in the home half of the fourth inning. DeLome led off with a double down the left field line. He scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Jeremy Gray to cut the lead in half, 2-1.
Hunter Thoms walked to lead off the fifth inning for NSU. Rusty Jones followed with an opposite field 2-run home run down the left field line to extend the Demons' lead to 4-1. Barbier doubled in the sixth and scored on Marty Dewees' sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 5-1.
DeLome walked in the bottom of the sixth for the Cardinals and scored on Gray's 2-out double to center field to make the score 5-2.
Blake Jones singled to center field to lead off the seventh inning for NSU. Barbier was hit by a pitched and Dewees singled to left field to load the bases with one out. Thoms drove in Jones with a sacrifice fly to center field to push the lead to 6-2.
DeLome tripled to left center field with one out and Ambort drove him in DeLome with a sacrifice fly to left field. Gray, who was 2-for-2 with two RBI, tripled to right center field and scored on Cantu's RBI double down the left field line to cut the lead to 6-4.
The Demons added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning. Blake Jones reached on a throwing error by Crawford at shortstop. Barbier reached on an infield single and Durham struck out swinging, but advanced to first on a wild pitch. Dewees hit a 2-run double to left center field to make the score 8-4.