Feb. 23, 2014
BEAUMONT – Kevin Santana had a big weekend against LIU Brooklyn, and Sunday proved no different as the junior helped propel the Lamar baseball team to an 11-4 victory and four-game sweep of the visiting Blackbirds at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Santana, a transfer from Blinn College, ended the day 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs batted in, which upped his numbers for the series to five doubles and six RBI to go along with an impressive .500 batting average. He finished the weekend with a .529 on-base percentage while slugging an eye-popping .857.
The Cypress, Texas, native was far from the only LU standout as the Cards scored double-digit runs for a second consecutive day. Reed Seeley had his best showing at the plate so far this season, going 3-for-4 with three scores, and Sam Bumpers reached base three times, scoring twice an knocking in a run. As a team, LU (6-3) recorded 10 hits and earned eight walks.
Freshman Brent Janak made his first career start on the mound, pitching four innings and allowing two hits and a two runs (one earned) while striking out four. J.T. Autrey shepherded LU through a pair of perfect innings, and the trio of Danny Fernandez, Lance Warren and Andrew Beasley combined to record the final nine outs, conceding a pair of runs.
After LIU Brooklyn (0-4) struck for a score in the first, LU would take advantage of Blackbird starting pitcher Chas Lacko’s control issues. Seeley reached base on a one-out single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. A two-out Santana double evened the game, and he later scored on another Lacko wild pitch.
LIU tied it back up in the top of the second, but Lacko walked the bases loaded with one out in the bottom half to get chased from the mound. Rafael Guerrero took over in his stead and immediately issued back-to-back walks and threw a wild pitch to bring three runs home. Santana was once again in the right place at the right time and doubled to left to give the Cards a 7-2 lead after two.
Another wild pitch, this time by Evan Flood, along with singles by Bumpers and Kyle Markum scored four more for the Red and White in the sixth to put the game out of reach for the Blackbirds.
LU will return to action on Tuesday when Prairie View A&M makes the trek to Beaumont. First pitch at Vincent-Beck Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m.