FIVE-RUN FIRST SEND MAVS TO OPENING ROUND LOSS
May 25, 2005
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Lamar touched the Mavericks for five runs in the bottom of the first inning and used that cushion to ease to a 7-1 victory over Texas-Arlington in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament at Brown-Stroud Field.
The Cardinals (36-21) offense got rolling in the first inning as Matt Lambeth drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on Colt Crawford's single down the left field line. Michael Ambort drove in the first run on a fielder's choice before moving to second on Adrian Cantu's single to right field. Colin DeLome drove in both runners with a double off the wall in right center. The fourth run scored on a fielding error by the Mavs before Chase Richards drove in the fifth run with a double down the left field line.
LU added to its lead in the seventh inning as Lambeth hit a one-out double down the left field line and scored on Crawford's double just inside the bag at third. Cantu drove in the second run of the inning with a single to right field.
The Mavs (25-31) only run of the game came in the ninth inning when Scott Williams led off the frame with his first home run of the season to left center field.
William Delage (6-4) picked up the victory as he limited the Mavs to just one run on five hits in 8.1 innings.
Jake Baxter (7-7) took the loss as he allowed seven runs, five earned, on nine hits in 6.2 innings of work.
The Mavs return to action tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. against the loser of the Northwestern State-Southeastern Louisiana contest.