May 15, 2005
SAN ANTONIO - Sophomore Michael Ambort went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in and hit a record tying home run to lead Lamar to a 5-2 win over Texas-San Antonio Sunday afternoon in Southland Conference baseball action at Roadrunner Field.
Lamar improved to 33-20 overall and 14-10 in SLC play. The Cardinals moved into a three-way tie for second place in the SLC standings with Texas State and Texas-Arlington. Lamar hosts the Bobcats this weekend to close out the regular season.
After dropping the series opener 7-4, Lamar bounced back for a 10-5 win on Saturday and took two of three from the Roadrunners in the weekend series. The Cardinals scored 20 runs on 43 hits in the three games.
Leading 4-2, the Cardinals added some insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Chase Richards singled to left field and pinch-hitter C.J. Ebarb followed with a single to center in the eighth. An error by Sean Danielson allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Matt Lambeth singled to right field to drive in Richards and make the score 5-2.
In the ninth, Adrian Cantu walked and stole second base. Colt Crawford reached on an infield single on a little dribbler just in front of home plate. Cantu scored when pitcher Jason Vecchio's throw hit Crawford and trickled away for first baseman Lee Todesco to put Lamar up 6-2.
As it turned out, Lamar needed all those insurance runs as the Roadrunners scratched across three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Danielson walked, stole second and scored on Ryan Crew's single up the middle. Stephen Holdren followed with a 2-run home run to left field to pull UTSA within a run, 6-5.
Freshman Allen Harrington
(4-4) picked up the win in relief, allowing three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks in three and two-third innings pitched. Chuckie Platt
recorded the final two outs to pickup his second save of the season.
UTSA (22-30, 13-11) jumped out to the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Sean Danielson led off with a walk and scored on J.R. Voyles' double off the wall in left field to put the Roadrunners up 1-0.
Lamar answered with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Jo Jo Haney led off the inning with an infield single and scored on Michael Ambort's 2-run home run to left field. That was Ambort's 16th home run of the season, which ties the school's single-season record held by Beau Allred (1987) and Jason Klam (1996).
The Cardinals added another run in the top of the fourth inning. Will Henderson led off with a double down the right field line and scored on Matt Lambeth's double to straight away center field to put Lamar up 3-1.
UTSA trimmed the lead to 3-2 with a run in the home half of the fifth inning. Ryan Crew, Stephen Holdren and Chris Lewis all walked with two outs, which ended the day for Lamar starter Derrick Gordon. Reliever Allen Harrington walked Michael McKennon to drive in Crew.
Lamar added a run in the top of the seventh inning. Jeremy Gray reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base. Ambort drove him in with a single to center field to put the Cardinals up 4-2.
UTSA starter Caleb Barton (3-8) took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six and one-third innings pitched.