May 1, 2009
Ryan Saldivar hit an RBI single in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie and propel Lamar to a 3-2 win over McNeese State in a classic pitchers duel at Vincent-Beck Stadium in the first game of a split Southland Conference series Friday night.
Lamar's Eric Harrington allowed two runs in the eighth and McNeese's Tyler Davis surrendered a pair in the fourth as the starters allowed just 10 hits combined as neither factored into the decision. For Harrington, it is his fourth no decision, with seven wins and zero losses, as he struck out seven and allowed just one unearned run on four hits.
Instead, Ricky Testa (4-3) picked up the win for the Cardinals as he struck out four in 1.2 innings of one-hit ball, while Scott Holstein (2-5) was saddled with the loss after Saldivar's hit and a pair of walks were the only men he allowed to reach base in his one inning of work.
Lamar (31-17, 15-10 SLC) extended its winning streak to seven games and remained in a tie for third in the SLC standings with UTSA and UT Arlington. The Cards had seven hits, four walks and left seven runners on base, with three in scoring position.
McNeese State (19-24, 8-17 SLC) dropped its seventh-straight game and managed just eight base runners on the night. Sam Merrill had two hits, a walk and a RBI to lead the Cowboy offense. Steven Irvine had a bunt single off Testa on a safety squeeze in the top of the eighth that tied the game at 2-2.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jeremiah Sammy and Quentin Luquette had run scoring singles to the left side for each of their first hits of the game. Sammy, Saldivar and Tyler Link each had two hits for the Cardinals. Saldivar's game winner was hit just over the outstretched glove of second baseman Jace Peterson, who was making just his ninth start of the season due to a broken collarbone that shortstop Shon Landry suffered earlier this week.
All 12 hits were singles with none giving even a hint of extra bases.
The teams will move to Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles, La. for the final two games of their series. Saturday's game will start at 3 p.m. and Sunday's is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch.