March 12, 2014
BEAUMONT – Playing in its final game before the start of conference play, the Lamar baseball team put up its best offensive showing of the season on Wednesday, beating visiting Prairie View A&M 18-6 in a mercy rule-shortened affair at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Cardinals, which will start their Southland slate this weekend at Southeastern Louisiana, registered 11 hits and walked 11 times over the game’s seven innings. With the win, LU improved to 12-6 on the season and has now won four straight games.
Prairie View A&M dropped to 5-10.
Despite the lopsided scoreline, the Panthers were actually the first team to score, pushing across a two-out run in the second off of LU starter Hunter Perry.
Perry’s afternoon would come to an end after the second, and six other pitchers saw time on the mound, with Andrew Beasley and Danny Fernandez proving most effective. Beasley, a senior out of Friendswood, tossed a perfect 1.2 innings to earn his first win of the year, and Fernandez sat four down in order later in the game.
The offense broke through with a season-best eight-run frame in the bottom of the third. Kyle Markum grounded out for the second out of the inning, but managed to bring home the equalizer. He was one of 11 Cards to make the walk to the plate in the frame. Jacoby Middleton reached on fielding error to put LU ahead, and Brandon Provost doubled the advantage with a double. Another double, this time by Reed Seeley, and back-to-back singles from Tyler Sullivan and Sam Bumpers put the Red and White up 5-1. Wayne Stanley put an exclamation point on the assault, hammering a three-run shot over the fence in left.
“I got a pitch that I could hit, and the wind probably helped me a little bit,” admitted Stanley, who missed the entire 2013 season due to injury. “I’m seeing the ball pretty well right now, and that gives me a lot of confidence after having surgery last year. Hopefully it can continue into conference.”
Stanley ended the day 1-for-3, and he was one of seven Cards to record a hit and eight to earn a walk. Middleton was 2-for-3 with three runs, two runs batted in and two walks, and both Santana and Sullivan were also 2-for-3 with a pair of scores.
The LU barrage continued in the fourth as Santana, Middleton and Sullivan all singled and the PVAMU pitching staff issued a pair of walks and a wild pitch to allow four Cards to touch home.
The Panthers scored four in the fifth and sixth innings, but LU bounced back with another six runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the mercy rule in effect. Provost had the inning’s biggest highlight, knocking in three with a double to left center.
Provost ended 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run.
The Cards will now prepare for their first road series of the season, traveling to Hammond in hopes of exacting some revenge on Southeastern Louisiana, which expelled LU from the semifinals of last season’s Southland Tournament.