April 23, 2005
BEAUMONT - Northwestern State hit three 2-run home runs in an eight-run fourth inning and held off Lamar for a 10-7 win over the Cardinals Saturday afternoon in Southland Conference baseball action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar dropped to 29-15 overall and 11-6 in SLC play. NSU improved to 30-14 overall and 14-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals, who won 10-8 in 11 innings of Friday, and Demons will play the rubber game of the three games series today at 1 p.m.
The Cardinals moved into a second place tie in the SLC standings with Texas-San Antonio (11-6), who defeated Southeastern Louisiana 5-3 on Saturday. The Demons extended their lead back to three games.
Trailing 10-7 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Lamar looked poised for a repeat of Friday's game, where it scored four runs to tie the game. Jeremy Gray coaxed a lead-off walk. Adrian Cantu, who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, singled to right field.
Chase Richards fouled out to the catcher and pinch-hitter Jo Jo Haney struck out looking. Will Henderson, who was 2-for-4, walked to load the bases with two outs. Matt Lambeth grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Lamar jumped out to the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Colt Crawford led off the inning with a double to left center field. Jeremy Gray reached on an infield single and Crawford scored on a throwing error by Scott Pittenger at shortstop.
NSU exploded for eight runs in the top of the fourth inning. Blake Jones doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning. Bobby Barbier singled to right field to drive in Jones. Pinch-hitter Casey DeRosa followed with a 2-run home run to left field.
Michael Flower reached on a bunt single and scored on a 2-run home run off the scoreboard in left center by Hunter Thoms. Rusty Jones singled and scored on a wild pitch by reliever Trey Swor
. Brandon Morgan closed out the scoring with a 2-run home run to straight away center field to put the Demons up 8-1.
Lamar started chipping away at the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings. C.J. Ebarb led off the fourth with a single to right field and Will Henderson doubled to left center field to put both runners in scoring position. Matt Lambeth singled to left to drive in Ebarb and Henderson scored on DeLome's RBI fielder's choice to make the score 8-3.
Gray, who was 2-for-4, led off the fifth with a single to left field and Cantu followed with a 2-run home run to right center field, his ninth of the season, to cut the lead to 8-5.
The Cardinals made in a one-run game with two more in the home half of the seventh inning. Cantu walked and Ebarb, who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, singled to right field to put runners on the corners with two outs. Cantu scored on wild pitch from reliever Daniel Clark and Henderson drove in Ebarb with a single up the middle to make the score 8-7.
NSU added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning. Pittenger and Rusty Jones walked and Dewees singled to right field to drive in Pittenger. Morgan drove in Jones with a sacrifice fly to center field to put the Demons up 10-7.
Lamar starter Allen Harrington (3-3) took the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks in three and one-third innings pitched.
Clark (1-0) picked up his first win of the season for the Demons with two and one-third innings of relief, allowing two runs on three hits. Cory Keener picked up his first save of the season with 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with two walks and three strikeouts.