May 18, 2007
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Collin DeLome and Dan Hernandez each drove in a pair of runs and Brian Sisk turned in another solid outing on the mound to lead Lamar University to a 9-2 win over McNeese State Friday night in Southland Conference action at Cowboy Diamond.
Lamar improved to 33-22 overall and 20-9 in SLC play. McNeese State dropped to 20-33 and 16-12 in SLC play. The Cardinals will go for the three-game sweep Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cowboy Diamond. The Cardinals have posted three sweeps in SLC play this season over Texas-Arlington, Nicholls State and Sam Houston State.
The Cardinals, who clinched the SLC East Division title in Friday's 4-2, can still get the No. 2 seed in next week's SLC Tournament at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, La. if the Cardinals win Saturday and Texas-San Antonio beats Texas State. That would leave the Cardinals and Bobcats tied at 21-9 but Lamar would get the higher seed by virtue of winning the series 2-1 during the regular season.
UTSA clinched the SLC West Division title and No. 1 seed with its 7-6 win over Texas State Friday night. Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana are still battling for the sixth and final spot in the SLC Tournament. SFA can secure the spot with a win. SLU would get the spot with a win and a SFA loss.
Sisk (11-2), a junior from Henderson, picked up his league-leading 11th win of the season. He pitched five innings, allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He is one win shy of tying the school record for wins in a season, which is 12 and is shared by four pitchers. He will get a chance to tie that mark next week at the SLC Tournament.
Sophomore Brian Needham pitched the final four innings to earn his second save of the season. He allowed one run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
The Cowboys jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. Shon Landry singled to right field and stole second base. Joe Hulett drove in Landry with the game's first run on a single to center field.
McNeese State starter Chris Denton walked the bases loaded with one out in the top of the fourth inning for the Cardinals. Dan Hernandez singled to left field to drive in Michael Ambort. Travis Dunson drew a bases loaded walk to drive in Jeff Vickers.
Erik Kanaby reached on a two-out fielding error by shortstop Shon Landry, which allowed David Moore to score an unearned run. All three Cardinal runners that reached on walks to start the inning scored to give the Lamar a 3-1 lead.
Hernandez, who was 2-for-5, led off the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field, which was his second home run of the season. Brian Lloyd singled with one out and Kanaby and Baker both walked to load the bases. Ambort was hit by a pitch from reliever Ryan Frantz to drive in Lloyd.
All three base runners moved up a base with Kanaby scoring when reliever Tyler Davis was called for a balk. DeLome, who was 2-for-5, followed with a 2-run single to center field to extend the Cardinals' lead to 8-1.
Lamar added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Ambort, who was 1-for-3 with three runs score, led off with a single and scored on Moore's infield single to make the score 9-1.
Chris Denton (6-6) started and took the loss for the Cowboys. He allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts in five and one-third innings pitched.