Lamar nips Bears in 17 for a sweep

Posted Feb. 22, 2010, at 1:07 a.m.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Anthony Moore singled with one out in the bottom of the 17th inning Saturday night, lifting Lamar University to a 5-4 victory over the University of Maine to complete a sweep of their Saturday doubleheader.

The Cardinals won the opener 6-1.

The 17-inning contest, which lasted four hours, 39 minutes, is believed to be the second-longest in UMaine history. Only the Black Bears’ 5-4 victory, 18-inning win over Providence in 1983 was longer.

In the second game, Lamar (3-0) finally scored after it had been shut out by the UMaine bullpen for 10ª innings.

Pablo Salinas greeted Bears reliever Chris Bernard of Scarborough with a double to open the 17th inning. Salinas moved to third on a sacrifice and, after two intentional walks, scored on Moore’s single off the right-field fence.

Ryan Meade led Lamar with three singles, while Moore added a single among 17 Lamar hits. Spencer Cuniff, the Cardinals’ fifth pitcher, shut out the Bears on five hits over the last eight innings.

Sophomore outfielder Taylor Lewis led UMaine with a three-run triple in the eighth and an RBI double in the fifth. Kyle Stilphen of Pittston singled twice and scored a run and Joe Mercurio singled twice for the Bears.

Freshman Jeff Gibbs allowed seven hits and four runs in 5ª innings, before Justin Latta (two-thirds of an inning), Steve Perakslis (4ª innings) and Myckie Lugbauer (5 innings) blanked the hosts until the 17th.

In the opener, the Cardinals reached Bears starter A.J. Bazdanes for four runs in the third inning to earn the win.

Starter Matison Smith and Taylor McInnis combined to limit UMaine to five hits. Ian Leisenheimer (two singles) drove in the Bears’ only run with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Joey Martin of Portland tripled and singled.

Lamar managed only five hits, including Moore’s two-run home run and Cameron Campbell’s solo shot, both of which came in the third inning.

The Bears return to action Friday, opening a three-game series at North Carolina.

Bates splits doubleheader

At Myrtle Beach, S.C., Bates College of Lewiston split a Saturday doubleheader, downing Richard Stockton College 2-1 then dropping a 9-8 decision to eighth-ranked Shenandoah University.

In the opener, Chris Burke’s two-run single paced the Bobcats. Ryan Heide spaced a run and four hits over six innings to earn the win and Pat Murphy notched the save with 2ª innings of two-hit ball.

In the second game, Burke knocked in three runs with two hits to lead Bates. Murphy and Tom Beaton each added two hits and an RBI.

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