The Lamar University baseball team defeated both Illinois and Milwaukee by a 2-1 score, Sunday, to sweep the season-opening Cardinal Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Both games went to extra innings tied at 1-1, and both times Lamar (4-0) came up big in the bottom of the 10th.
In the first game against Illinois (1-3), Trey Silvers hit a double to left field, followed by an intentional walk to Reid Russell and single that kicked off a leaping Trent Hammond’s glove at third that loaded the bases. Brendan Satran scored on a wild pitch to seal the win.
In the night cap, Grant DeVore lead off the inning with a single and was bunted over by Vincent Dellocono. Phil Ingram hit a single through the left side that put men on the corners with one out. Cutter McDowell chopped one into the turf towards MiIlwaukee shortstop Mike Ferri, who was late on the throw home.
“It was just a job well done by all of our guys. We had such dramatic wins that we weren’t really able enjoy until right now because we had to turn the page so fast to the next opponent. There’s enough lows in the business that you really want to enjoy the highs,” head coach Will Davis, who became the first Cardinal skipper to win his first four games at the helm., said.
Bad weather on Friday meant LU played a doubleheader on Saturday as well, defeating Milwakee 6-0 and Illinois 15-9.
The Cardinals host Fairfield in four-game set that starts Friday at 6 p.m.