BEAUMONT — “I was just running on adrenaline out there,” Moore said. “My fastball was gassed after about the third or fourth inning, and they just couldn’t hit the curveball. Luevanos just kept calling for the curve, and it worked.”
“[The 16th] was just a crazy morale booster,” Olivas said. “I mean, you have a freshman with the bases loaded and the game on the line, and he was able to get three strikeouts in a row, and it’s just crazy and it pumped everybody up.”
It got dicey a few more times for Moore as a two-out error and single put two on for the Cowboys in the 17th before a ground ball brought the frame to a close. The Cowboys also put the go-ahead score 90 feet from home in the 18th with two outs left, but Cardinal outfielder Joe Arechiga was able to keep the runner at third with a great throw in from center and Darian Johnson caught another fly ball in left to quell the rally and set the stage for a dramatic bottom half of the frame.
At 18 innings, the game was the longest in school history, and now with a 20-5 record, it marked the fastest Cardinal team to 20 victories since 1979.
The Cards and Cowboys will return to Vincent-Beck Stadium on Sunday for the rubber game of the series. LU is looking for a sixth consecutive weekend series victory, and David Carver will get the start on the mound. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.