April 29, 2005
HUNTSVILLE - Sam Houston State used a 13-hit attack in posting a 9-6 come-from-behind win over Lamar University Friday afternoon at Holleman Field in Southland Conference baseball action.
Lamar dropped to 30-18 overall and 11-8 in SLC play. Sam Houston improved to 16-26-2 overall and 7-12 in SLC play. The series continues with Saturday's 2 p.m. game and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Cardinals entered this weekend in a four-way tie for second place in the league standings with Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State. The Bearkats were in a three-way tie for seventh place with UL-Monroe and McNeese State, two games behind sixth-place Southeastern Louisiana.
Lamar broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the top of the seventh inning. Ambort singled to right field and scored on Adrian Cantu's double down the right field line to put the Cardinals up 6-5.
SHSU answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take its first lead of the game at 7-6. Josh Warren reached on a 2-out single up the middle. Isaias Garcia followed with a 2-run home run to left field, his 12th of the season.
The Bearkats added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Michael Hatfield, who was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, singled to start the inning and Dustin Martin, who was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, followed with a single to center. Aaron Ruchti sacrificed both runners into scoring position.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Trevino drove in Hatfield with a sacrifice fly to right field. Jose Salazar drove in Martin with a two-out, bloop single to center field to make the score 9-6.
The Cardinals made a little noise in the top of the ninth inning. Adrian Cantu, who was 2-for-5, started a two-out rally with a single up the middle. Pinch-hitter Jo Jo Haney drew a walk, but Will Henderson struck out looking to end the game.
Zach Duncan (1-4) picked up the win in relief for Sam Houston. He allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks in five and one-third innings pitched. Robert Manuel started for the Bearkats, allowing five runs on five hits with two walks in 3 2/3 innings pitched.
Allen Harrington (3-4) took the loss for the Cardinals, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk in two innings pitched. Starter Derrick Gordon pitched three and two-third innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Lamar started the scoring with a run in the top of the second inning. Henderson, who was 1-for-4, hit a double to straight away center field. C.J. Ebarb, who was 2-for-4, followed with a bloop double down the left field line to drive in Henderson with the game's first run.
The Cardinals made it 2-0 in the third inning on an opposite field home run down the left field line by freshman Colin DeLome, his third of the season.
Lamar extended its lead to 5-0 with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Ebarb reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Matt Lambeth's RBI double to center field. After Colt Crawford and DeLome, who was 2-for-4, drew walks to load the bases, Michael Ambort delivered a 2-run single to right field.
Sam Houston broke through against Lamar with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hatfield led off the inning with a double to left center. Martin reached on an error by Crawford at shortstop. Ruchti, who was 3-for-4 with two RBI, drove in Hatfield with a single to left field. Salazar drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to left field to make the score 5-2.
The Bearkats struck for three more in the home half of the fifth inning to tie the game at 5-5. Jonathan Stone led off the inning with a single to right field. Karl Krailo reached on an error by Henderson at first base. After a ground out by Hatfield moved both runners into scoring position, Martin singled to right field to drive in Stone.
Ruchti followed with an RBI single to right field and Roy Merritt drove in the final run of the inning when he reached on an error by Crawford that tied the game at 5-5.