May 26, 2005
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Junior Colt Crawford went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, but it was not enough as No. 2-seed Lamar lost 6-3 to No. 4-seed Texas-San Antonio Thursday on day two of the Southland Conference Tournament at Brown-Stroud Field.
Lamar dropped to 36-22 overall and will play Texas-Arlington (26-31) today at 3 p.m. with the loser being eliminated from the tournament. The Mavericks eliminated host and top-seeded Northwestern State in Thursday's first game 4-1. The Cardinals defeated UTA 7-1 on Wednesday.
UTSA improved to 25-32 and will play sixth-seed Southeastern Louisiana today at 11 a.m. with the winner advancing to Saturday's championship game at 1 p.m. The Lions eliminated No. 3-seed Texas State Thursday on Kyle Ginn's walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
"We had chances to score more runs, we just didn't capitalize on those opportunities," said Lamar coach Jim Gilligan. "We had the bases loaded and no outs and only scored one run with the meat of the order at the plate. We needed to score some more runs that inning.
"Derrick (Gordon) didn't pitch bad today, we just needed to give him some better run support. You have to give their guy (Steve Vasquez) some credit. He made the big pitches we he needed to tonight and pitched a good game.
"Somebody's going to have to beat us to send us home now and I'm not sure if there is anybody who can," commented Gilligan.
Crawford tried to start a rally for the Cardinals, who were trailing 6-2, in the top of the ninth inning. He sent Vasquez' first pitch of the inning over the wall in left center field to pull Lamar within three, 6-3. That was his third home run of the season.
Michael Ambort, who was 2-for-5, followed with a single to left field. Adrian Cantu struck out and Collin Delome hit into a game-ending double play.
The Cardinals started the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Matt Lambeth
singled to center field on the game's first pitch. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Chris Lewis. Crawford doubled down the left field line to drive in Lambeth with the game's first run.
UTSA tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Marshall Davis led off the inning with a walk. Phillip Allen sacrificed Davis to second and Sean Danielson reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners. J.R. Voyles drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Roadrunners took a 2-1 lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Stephen Holdren led off with a single to center and Lewis followed with a double down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Lee Todesco hit into an RBI fielder's choice.
Lamar tied the game in the top of the sixth inning. C.J. Ebarb, who was 2-for-2, led off the inning with a single to right field and was lifted for pinch-runner Murray Gilbertson. Chase Richards, who was 2-for-4, singled to left field and Jo Jo Haney reached on an error by Vasquez on a sacrifice bunt to load the bases with no outs.
Lambeth and Crawford both hit into fielder's choices with the out being at home plate. Ambort reached on an infield single to drive in Richards with the only run of the inning to tie the game at 2-2.
Ryan Crew led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run down the right field line to give the Roadrunners a 3-2 lead. The Roadrunners added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Phillip Allen walked to lead off the inning and Danielson followed with an RBI triple to left center field.
Voyles drove in Danielson with a sacrifice fly to center field. Crew reached on an error by Cantu at third base and Holdren singled to center field. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch by reliever Chuckie Platt and Lewis drove in Crew with a sacrifice fly to right field put UTSA up 6-2.
Gordon (4-7) took the loss for the Cardinals. He allowed three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in six innings pitched. Vasquez (3-1) picked up the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on 13 hits with four strikeouts and two walks in eight innings pitched. Jason Vecchio recorded the final three outs for his seventh save of the season.