March 9, 2013
BEAUMONT – It was an historic day on Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium as the Lamar baseball team picked up 10-2 and 8-0 decisions over visiting Massachusetts to run its winning streak to 10 games, the longest such run for a Cardinal squad since 1993.
That wasn’t the only history made, however, as the Cards improved to 14-2, marking the best start to a season since 1977, and Jonathan Dziedzic put up his sixth career double-digit strikeout evening, fanning 12 and moving to third place in Lamar history with 242 career Ks.
Dziedzic, a junior southpaw out of Humble, allowed just one hit and a pair of walks on the night and struck out seven of the last eight hitters he faced before stepping off the mound in the eighth.
“Coach Gilligan and I saw some flaws in my mechanics a few weeks ago, and we’ve been really working on them hard,” Dziedzic explained. “I feel like that’s been a big help for me. I didn’t feel like I had great control in the first, but after Olivas turned that double play, I was able to regroup and mix it up pretty well.”
Another lefty, Lance Warren, came in and recorded the final four outs in order, striking out two.
Dziedzic improved to 2-1 on the year.
Offensively, the Cards were too much to handle for the Minutemen, who allowed 12 hits, seven walks and hit a batter in the game. Sam Bumpers and Darian Johnson led the charge at the plate as Bumpers went 3-for-4 with a pair of scores, and Johnson was 3-for-5 with a run and a run batted in.
The Cards opened up the scoring in the first when Aaron Olivas earned a bases-loaded walk to put LU on top. The senior would be involved two innings later, doubling to left to score Johnson and grab a 2-0 lead.
Olivas ended 1-for-3 with two RBI.
A pair of errors let the Cards double the advantage in the fourth. Nik Campero couldn’t field a pick-off cleanly at first, allowing Bumpers to move to third and later score on a Vidrine bunt single, and the error was compounded later in the frame with another fielding mistake that allowed Bunner to score.
LU added two more in both the fifth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
In the afternoon game, the Cards battled back from behind twice before racking up seven runs in the seventh en route to a 10-2 decision.
After Lamar stranded seven runners through the first three frames, UMass grabbed the unexpected 1-0 advantage in the top of the fourth with a pair of singles by Anthony Serino and Adam Picard.
LU finally broke through in the fifth as both Seth Dornak and Olivas were hit by UMass pitcher Jordan Pace, setting the stage for a Garret Autrey single to tie things up. Unfortunately for the Cards, they weren’t able to cash in later in the frame, stranding three more.
The Minutemen bounced back in the sixth as a Campero double put the visitors from the Atlantic-10 back on top at 2-1.
Vidrine and Brad Picha combined for the game’s fourth run to tie things up once more in the sixth, and set the stage for the deciding seventh frame.
Vidrine finished 4-for-5 with a walk and a score, and Picha was 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI. In all, seven players recorded a hit and the Cards out-hit the Minutemen 15-6 to go along with eight walks.
Mason Trubey took to the mound in the seventh for UMass, but he struggled with his control, allowing four runs on three walks without allowing a hit or registering an out. In all, 12 Cards made a trip to the plate in the frame with four recording a hit and three earning a walk.
Collin Chapman picked his third win of the season on the mound for the Cardinals, and like Dziedzic, he also had a strong showing, striking out seven and allowing five hits over seven frames. Chase Angelle and Tom Elsom did the rest of the work, putting down six of the final seven batters in order.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Lamar has now won all four series that it has played this season and will be going for a third four-game sweep on Sunday. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.