April 9, 2014
BATON ROUGE – Sam Bumpers wasted little time extending his streak of consecutive games with a hit on Wednesday night, but it was ultimately all for naught as the Lamar baseball team fell 5-0 to eighth-ranked LSU at Alex Box Stadium.
Bumpers, a senior out of Bourbonnais, Ill., singled in the game’s opening inning en route to finishing the game 1-for-4. Overall, three other players recorded a hit as the Cardinals (18-15) and Tigers each tallied five.
J.T. Autrey got the start on the mound for the Red and White, but he saw his nearly 11-inning scoreless streak disrupted in the opening frame as Sean McMullen led off the stanza with a walk and later scored on an Alex Bregman groundout.
The Tigers (25-8-1) added two more an inning later. A Kramer Robertson sacrifice fly brought the first one home and chased Autrey from the mound, and a Brandon Provost fielding error resulted in another to give the hosts out of the Southeastern Conference a 3-0 lead after the opening two frames.
David Carver and Brandon Kirkham combined to allow just one hit over the ensuing 2.1 frames before Hunter Perry surrendered two more scores in the fifth.
The rotating cast on the mound continued for the rest of the game for the Cards, highlighted by perfect innings from Travis Moore, Derek Wade and Danny Fernandez.
LU will return to Southland Conference action this weekend with a three-game set at Vincent-Beck Stadium against new Southland foe New Orleans.