April 28, 2009
Cameron Campbell hit a pinch hit two-run double to tie the game and Jeremiah Sammy followed with a double that scored Campbell to give Lamar an 11-10 come-from-behind walk-off win over Louisiana-Monroe at Vincent-Beck Stadium Tuesday night.
Lamar (29-17) trailed 8-3 entering the bottom of the eighth and scored four times in the eighth to make it a a one-run game before ULM (25-19) added two in the ninth on a Ben Soignier homer. Then things started to fall into place for the Cardinals.
Andy Mena led off with a pinch-hit single and pinch-runner Matt Gore moved to second two batters later on a one-out single by Tyler Link. After a strikeout put the Cardinals down to their final out, Steven Tucker drove in Gore on a single just over the glove of a leaping Soignier at shortstop. After a double steal by Link and Tucker, Campbell hit an 0-2 pitch into the gap in right center to score two and tie the game at 10-10. Sammy hit the first pitch he saw in the gap in left center to give Lamar just its third final at-bat win of the season.
For Sammy, it was his second game-winning, walk-off hit of the season. He also hit a three-run homer to beat UTPA 9-6 on March 31.
Kevin Angelle (3-2) got the win and pitched very well in relief for LU, striking out six in 2.2 innings while giving up just the two runs on the homer in the ninth. Josh Miller (1-2) was the hard-luck loser after allowing five runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. Both teams employed four pitchers each.
Sammy's game-winner gave him a team-high three hits to go along with his two RBIs. Link, Tucker, Chris Dunkin, Quentin Luquette and Anthony Moore all had two hits as Lamar outhit ULM 16-14 and drew seven walks.
Boomer Blanchard and Jon Prevost both recorded three hits for the Warhawks.
The teams will play the second half of their two-game series on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Lamar will throw right-hander Spencer Cuniff (1-0, 1.38) against ULM righty Danial McHenry (0-0, 8.78).