May 10, 2009
Lamar received four walks in the tenth inning to pull out a 4-3 come-from-behind win over UT Arlington and claim the series 2-1 in the home finale at Vincent-Beck Stadium Sunday.
After Ricky Testa struck out a pair and put the Mavericks down in order in the top of the tenth, Lamar mounted the tenth inning rally which consisted of consecutive walks to Steven Tucker and V.J. Bunner, a sacrifice bunt to put the runners in scoring position, an intentional walk to Tyler Link and a full-count walk to Brian Taylor for the Cardinals' fourth walk-off win of the season.
Lamar (34-19, 18-12 Southland) wrapped-up the 2009 home season with nine series wins and a 27-9 record. The 27 home victories are the fifth-most regular-season home wins and sixth-most overall in school history.
More importantly through, LU moved into a three-way tie with UTA and UTSA for third place in the SLC standings. Lamar will travel to Stephen F. Austin (22-27, 13-16 SLC) to finish the regular-season before opening the SLC Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, May 20.
Link went 4-for-4 with a pair of walks to raise his batting average to .387, while Taylor, Jeremiah Sammy and Anthony Moore all had two hits apiece. Lamar finished with 12 hits and nine walks.
Testa (7-3) picked up the win in relief as he worked the tenth frame for the Cardinals. He has received the win in Lamar's last four victories. He also picked up two strikeouts to bring his season total to 77 in 72 innings.
UTA (28-22, 18-12 SLC) was led by Matt Otteman who went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Adam Boydston (1-3) suffered the loss after working 3.1 innings of relief before leaving with two men on in the tenth.
UTA got a pair of extra base hits to open the fourth and take a 1-0 lead. Brian Needham then relieved starter James Brandhorst and struck out a pair of the final three outs to limit the damage to the lone run. Otteman scored the Mavs' run when he led off with a triple and Andrew Kainer drove him in with a double to left center.
Lamar scored an unearned run in the fifth when Moore singled and later scored from third on a errant throw to second by third baseman Evan Raley.
UTA got a bases loaded walk in the sixth before Cory Holley came on to get Raley to ground out and end the threat.
Lamar tied it right back up at 2-2 in the sixth when Cameron Campbell delivered a pinch-hit single that scored Sammy from second.
UTA retook the lead, 3-2, with two outs in the seventh when Otteman beat out a chopper to short that allowed Jay Pitchska to score from third.
Lamar rallied back in the bottom of the seventh when Taylor produced a run-scoring single that re-tied the game when Moore came home after leading off the inning with a double that slipped just inside the bag at first.
The Cards had a chance to win it in the ninth after putting runners at first and second with one out, but a fly out and ground ball ended the threat.
Lamar won its first extra-inning contest of the season after dropping previous games on the road at Rice and UTSA.