April 11, 2014
BEAUMONT – Will Hibbs put together another strong start on the mound, and the Cardinal offense gave him plenty of support as the Lamar baseball team beat visiting New Orleans 9-1 at Vincent-Beck Stadium on Friday night.
Hibbs, a sophomore out of Friendswood, gave up just one hit through the first six frames before the Privateers got to him for three more in the seventh and eighth. The towering right-hander finished the night with one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts over 7.2 innings of work to improve to 4-1 on the year.
After the Cards (19-15, 6-7 Southland) were held to four hits by No. 8 LSU earlier this week, six LU batters collected multiple hits Friday en route to out-hitting the visitors from the Crescent City 14-6. Both Mason Salazar and Kyle Markum had two-hit days with a combined five runs batted in, and Jacoby Middleton ended 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and three scores.
Sam Bumpers, who extended his consecutive games with a hit streak out to 18 games, finished 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs.
First inning singles from Reed Seeley, Bumpers and Jacoby Middleton opened the Cards’ account for the game. A throwing error by Privateer third baseman Zach Reboulet allowed another run to score, and a Salazar single gave the Red and White the quick 3-0 advantage.
Markum and Salazar teamed up again for a run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly in the third to up the advantage to 5-0.
Hibbs got into a bit of a jam in the eighth, giving way on the mound to reliever Derek Wade
with two outs and the bases loaded. Wade gave up a single in the frame for the only UNO score, but he was able to end the threat with a strikeout and go on to record his first save of the season.
UNO (10-21, 2-11 Southland) pitchers put seven Cards on base in the eighth, and LU didn’t let it go to waste, scoring four more times to put the game out of reach.
The two teams will return to action on Saturday at Vincent-Beck as LU will be aiming for a fifth consecutive conference win and a second straight series victory. Chase Angelle will get to the start on the mound, and first pitch is slated for 2 p.m.