May 27, 2006
BEAUMONT - Texas-Arlington took advantage of some shaky Lamar University defense to claim an 8-7 win in 10 innings to eliminate the Cardinals from the 2006 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar finished the season with a 35-23 overall record. UTA went on to defeat Northwestern State 8-2 in the SLC Tournament championship game and earned the league's automatic bid to an NCAA Regional, which will be announced on Monday.
The Cardinals got off to a great start, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Erik Kanaby led off the first inning by reaching on an error by second baseman Daniel Rieder.
Collin Delome singled through the right side of the infield and advanced to second on an error by the catcher to put both runners in scoring position. Will Henderson, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI, delivered a 2-run single to right field to put Lamar up 2-1.
Lamar added two more runs in the second inning. Matt Lambeth, who was 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Jo Jo Haney doubled to left center to drive in Lambeth. Kanaby singled to center field to drive in Lambeth and give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals plated three more runs in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 7-1 and looked to be in complete control of the game. Lambeth led off the inning with a single and Ryan Baker was hit by a pitch. Haney sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Kanaby walked to load the bases and Crawford walked to force in Lambeth.
DeLome drove in a run on a fielder's choice and Henderson drove in the third run with a single to left field to put Lamar up 7-1.
UTA tied the game with six runs in the top of the eighth inning. Rieder singled up the middle to lead off the inning and David McLeod followed with a single to left field. Adam Moore hit a fly ball to the gap in left center field that dropped between Lambeth and Kanaby. Lambeth, the center fielder, called off Kanaby, but the ball kept slicing away from him and ended up hitting the ground and going as an RBI double for Moore.
After Ben Burum popped out, Robby Winn singled up the middle to drive in McLeod. Danny Slinkman hit a ground ball to shortstop, but Crawford's throw to second base was wide, allowing Moore to score. Brock Wilson delivered an RBI single to right field. Rieder, batting for the second time in the inning, hit a 2-run double to right center field that tied the game at 7-7.
Winn led off the top of the 10th inning with a single to center field and was lifted for pinch-runner Matthew Otteman. Kyle Rudy singled to left field with two outs and Otteman moved up to second base. Pinch-hitter James Smith reached on a throwing error by Haney at third base, which also allowed Otteman to score on the play and give the Mavericks an 8-7 lead.
Lambeth led off the bottom of the 10th inning with an infield single. However, Baker flied out to right field, Haney flowed out to center field and Kanaby hit into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Ryan Riddle (4-3) pitched six and two-third innings of relief to pick up the win for the Mavericks. He allowed no runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts. He set a new SLC Tournament record with 10 2/3 innings pitched without giving up a run.
Chuckie Platt (3-3) took the loss in relief for the Cardinals, allowing one unearned run on two hits with no walks and one strikeout in two innings pitched. Steve Macfarland started and pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Henderson and DeLome were both named to the SLC All-Tournament team for the Cardinals. UTA's Riddle, who earned a save in addition to Saturday's win over Lamar, was named tournament MVP.