May 14, 2005
SAN ANTONIO - Junior Will Henderson went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in to lead Lamar to a 10-5 win at Texas-San Antonio in Southland Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.
Lamar improved to 32-20 overall and 13-10 in SLC play. UTSA, who won Friday's game 7-4, dropped to 22-29 overall and 13-10 in SLC play. The Cardinals and Roadrunners will play the rubber of the series Sunday at 1 p.m., which will also give one team a game advantage in the SLC standings.
After producing 15 hits, but leaving 13 stranded in Friday's game, the Cardinals made better use of their 16-hit attack on Saturday. Lamar, who still left nine runners stranded, produced all five of the game's extra-base hits, three doubles and two home runs.
Trailing 5-4, Lamar scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to break the game open. C.J. Ebarb walked on four pitches to lead off the inning and was lifted for pinch-runner Murray Gilbertson. Colt Crawford singled to left field and Chase Richards sacrificed both runners into scoring position.
Henderson delivered a clutch 2-run single up the middle that gave Lamar the lead for good at 6-5. After Matt Lambeth walked, Michael Ambort hit an RBI single to right field. Adrian Cantu, who was 3-for-5, closed out the scoring with a 2-run double to left center to put the Cardinals up 9-5.
Lamar added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Sam Huff singled up the middle and Crawford followed with an RBI double down the left field line to make the score 10-5.
(5-4) pitched the final two and one-third innings to pick up the win in relief for the Cardinals. He allowed no runs or hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
The game got off to a good start for the Cardinals. Lambeth hit the game's first pitch over the fence in left field for his third home run of the season to give Lamar a quick 1-0 lead.
UTSA tied the game with a run in the home half of the first inning. Sean Danielson walked and Ryan Crew reached on an infield single. Stephen Holdren singled to left field to drive in Danielson.
The Roadrunners to a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Michael McKennon singled up the middle and Eric Moreno was hit by a pitch from Lamar starter Steve MacFarland. A wild pitch moved both runners in to scoring position and Ryan Saltzgaber drove in McKennon with an RBI infield single. Danielson followed with an RBI single to left field to put UTSA.
The Cardinals tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Henderson led off the inning with a solo home run to right center field, his fourth of the season. Jeremy Gray walked and Ambort, who was 3-for-5, singled to right field. Collin Delome drove in Gray with a single to right field to tie the game.
Lamar broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Crawford, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, led off the inning with a single to left field. Richards, who was 2-for-4, followed with a double to left center field and Crawford, who was running on the pitch, was able to score all the way from first to give Lamar a 4-3 lead.
The Roadrunners plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead. Danielson singled to lead off the inning and Holdren and Lewis both drew two-out walks to load the bases. Delage relieved MacFarland and hit McKennon to drive in Danielson with the tying run. Eric Moreno drove in Holdren with the go-ahead run with a walk.
UTSA reliever Josh Ruffin (4-7) took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits with one strikeout and two walks in three innings pitched. Starter Steven Vasquez pitched the first five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks and no strikeouts.