May 3, 2009
LAKE CHARLES, La - Lamar hit three home runs and had eight extra-base hits to defeat McNeese State 13-5 at Cowboy Diamond on Sunday to become the third team to secure a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament.
Andy Mena was one of four players to finish with three hits, including his second home run of the season, as he drove in three and scored twice.
Tyler Link also had three hits and set the Lamar single-season runs scored record, surpassing Blake Justice's 66 set in 2002, when he scored on Brian Taylor's ninth-inning single. Taylor and Steven Tucker also had three hits.
Lamar (32-18, 16-11 SLC) had 19 hits - its second-highest all season - and drove in all 13 runs
Ricky Testa (5-3), who earned the win in relief on Friday night, picked up his second win of the weekend as he struck out four in six innings, while scattering three runs on 13 hits. He did not go out for the seventh after a 1:03 rain delay in the top of the seventh.
McNeese State (20-25, 9-18 SLC) was productive at the plate but wasn't able to get the timely hits like on Saturday. The Cowboys had 16 hits with 12 men left on base. Jordan LeGros (3-2) worked into the third and allowed seven runs on eight hits.
Lamar jumped all over LeGros in the first, plating three runs on four hits, highlighted by a Chris Dunkin RBI single and a two-run home run by Jeremiah Sammy. It was Sammy's sixth homer this year.
In the second, Andy Mena led off with a double and scored two batters later on a double by Brian Taylor. One pitch later, Steven Tucker doubled home Taylor to make it a 5-0 Cardinal lead.
Sammy led off the third with a walk before Quentin Luquette went deep for a two-run blast, his third of the season.
Luquette hit into a fielder's choice that scored Dunkin and left two men on base. That's when Mena crushed a Tommy Luce offering into the parking lot over the wall in left field to extend the lead to 11-0.
The Cowboys got on the board in the fifth with three runs on four hits, including consecutive RBI doubles by Justin Orr and Taylor Freeman.. They scored on a pair of bases loaded singles in the eighth but left two on base when Cory Holley got Steven Irvine to hit into a double play to end the threat.
Lamar will play host to UT Arlington this weekend at Vincent-Beck Stadium in its final home series of the season. Friday's game is at 6:30 p.m., Saturday's is at 2 p.m. and Sunday's is at 1 p.m.