March 30, 2014
BEAUMONT - A five-run third inning spelled doom for the Lamar baseball team on Sunday as the Cardinals dropped a 6-4 decision in the rubber game of a three-game set with Southland Conference rival McNeese State.
The game was the third this weekend decided by two or fewer runs, but after an 8-7 11-inning victory in the opener, LU dropped to the ensuing two to fall to 15-14 on the year with a 2-7 Southland mark. McNeese improved to 16-10 and 6-3, respectively.
The Cards actually grabbed the first lead of the game, scoring three times off of McNeese starter Bryce Kingsley in the opening stanza. Vidrine led off with his Southland-leading 27th walk of the season, and then Reed Seeley followed up with a double to left center to score the run. A Sam Bumpers single and Kyle Markum sacrifice fly doubled the advantage, and Santana singled home another to give LU the early 3-0 lead.
Vidrine singled in the ensuing frame and stole second to move into scoring position, and Bumpers knocked him in for his seventh RBI of the series.
Vidrine ended 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, and Bumpers was 2-for-4 with a walk. Bumpers finished the series 12-for-16 with six runs and four home runs.
The Cowboys bounced back in the third off of LU starter Jayson McKinley as the sophomore allowed five runs on four hits and three walks. Brent Janak and Hunter Perry combined to hold the visitors from Lake Charles at bay over the next three frames.
surrendered a run in the seventh to account for the game's final score.
The Red and White will return to action next weekend with its first Southland Conference trek to Abilene Christian since 1973.