May 10, 2008
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Lamar got plenty of base runners against Northwestern State on Saturday but had a disappointing performance on the mound in the seventh as the Demons prevailed 9-5 at Brown-Stroud Field to even their Southland Conference series after two games.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the seventh, NSU scored six runs on four hits and benefitted from four wild pitches and a hit batter.
Matthew McGlathery singled to left to open the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt by Roberto Gallegos before being replaced by Micah Tipton on the basepaths. Jordan Nipp hit the first pitch he saw back up the middle to drive in Tipton and give NSU a 4-3 lead.
Mike Jaworksi singled to left and advanced on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with one out. After a walk loaded the bases, Anthony Jones hit a 3-run double that went all the way to the wall in right center as NSU went up 7-3. Jones scored from second on a wild pitch and ball four. The sixth run came home two batters later on a double steal with runners at the corners.
In the ninth, Lamar loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, before scoring runs on a David Moore walk and a Jeff Vickers sac fly. But the Cardinals left two of their 11 men on base to end the game.
Lamar drops to 29-20 overall and 17-9 in SLC play but is still 1.5 games ahead of NSU, who improved to 26-24 and 15-10.
Lamar opened the scoring with a run in the first when Travis Dunson scored on Moore's two-out single to right. The Demons tied the game an inning later on their own two-out RBI single off the bat of Joe Urtuzuastegui.
NSU took its first lead of the game in the fourth when Jones and Justin O'Neal scored on Dylan Libadisos' single through the left side to make it 3-1.
The Cards tied the game in the next frame when Tyler Link doubled and scored on Taylor's single to center. Moore then plated Taylor on a single through the right side for the second tie of the contest at 3-3.
Moore finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and a pair of walks to lead Lamar. Link also had three hits and scored two runs as he extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Brian Needham (3-4) suffered the loss after allowing the first four runs of the Demons big inning. He did strike out three but allowed a pair of walks and six of the NSU 11 hits.
Kyle Broughton (4-5) went the final three innings for NSU as he allowed two runs in the ninth and gave up three of Lamar's 10 hits.
Jaworski, Jones and McGlathery all had two hits for the Demons.
The teams will play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.