April 24, 2005
BEAUMONT - Sophomore Michael Ambort hit his second grand slam home run of the weekend, but it was not enough as Northwestern State used a 12-hit attack in posting a 9-5 win over Lamar in Southland Conference action Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar dropped to 29-16 overall and 11-7 in SLC play. NSU, who took two of three in the weekend series, improved to 31-14 overall and 15-3 in SLC play. The Cardinals step out of conference for a Tuesday doubleheader at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Following this weekend's game, the Cardinals are in a four-way tie for second place in the SLC standings at 11-7 with Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State. The Bobcats swept a three-game series from visiting Sam Houston State, the Roadrunners took two of three from visiting Southeastern Louisiana and the Mavericks dropped two of three to visiting McNeese State.
Trailing 6-0, Lamar scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to trim the lead to one. However, that's the only inning the Cardinals would score some runs and four of their five hits came in the fifth.
Chase Richards led off the inning with a single to right field. After Ebarb grounded out to second, pinch-hitter Will Henderson drove in Richards with a double down the left field line to plate Lamar's first run.
Matt Lambeth walked and Colt Crawford singled to right field to load the bases with one out. After Collin Delome struck out, Ambort hit a grand slam home run that hit the top of the wall and kicked over in right field to make the score 6-5.
The Demons added a run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles to right center by Blake Jones and Bobby Barbier to push the lead to 7-5. NSU plated two insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning. Brandon Morgan singled to right field and scored on Jones' double to the wall in left field. Michael Flower drove in Jones with a sacrifice fly to center field to make the score 9-5.
Freshman Dereck Cloeren (6-2) pitched a complete-game for the Demons, allowing five runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks in nine innings pitched.
NSU struck first with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Jones, who was 3-for-4 with four runs scored, singled to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Barbier. Flower singled up the middle and Hunter Thoms walked to load the bases.
Casey DeRosa cleared the bases with a 2-RBI double off the wall in center field. Thoms was able to score when Flower knocked the ball away from Ambort sliding into home plate. DeRosa thought about trying to score from third, but was caught in a run down. NSU claimed a 3-0 lead.
The Demons scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning. Scott Pittenger, whose at-bat was extended on a dropped foul by first baseman Andrew Leal, led off the inning with a single to center field. After a sacrifice bunt by Marty Dewees, Barbier hit a 3-run home run to straight away center field to make the score 6-0.
Starter William Delage (4-4) took the loss for Lamar. He allowed six runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks in four and two-third innings.