April 12, 2013
BEAUMONT – The offense was clicking on all cylinders for the Lamar baseball team on Friday night as the Cardinals scored the most runs since 2010 en route to a 19-8 seven-inning rout of Sam Houston State at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The win, coupled with an 18-1 decision over Southeastern Louisiana last Sunday, means that Lamar (25-10, 5-5 SLC) has run-ruled the first place team in the Southland in back-to-back conference games.
V.J. Bunner was one of many standout performers at the plate for Lamar, finishing 2-for-4 with five runs batted in, including a towering three-run homer to left field in the fifth.
“Individually, it was a good game for me, but it was still more of a team effort tonight,” Bunner said. “We’re a good team and we know that. It’s just a matter of us going out there and playing like we can. That’s our view of every game. We respect everyone but fear no one.”
Sam Bumpers, Jude Vidrine and Darian Johnson made for a potent 1-2-3 at the top of the line-up. Bumpers ended 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and three runs. Vidrine had two bunt singles and scored five times, and Johnson reached base four times, scoring each time and knocking in four runs.
Both Garret Autrey and Aaron Olivas had three-hit days, and seven Cardinal batters picked up multiple hits as the team out-hit the visitors from Huntsville 17-7.
The game, which was initially billed as a showdown between the two dominant left-handed starters in the conference, featured Jonathan Dziedzic on the mound for LU. The junior out of Humble tossed 5.2 innings and struck out eight. Despite surrendering six runs, he still picked up the victory, improving to 5-1 on the year.
Cody Dickson got the nod for SHSU (19-14, 7-3 SLC), giving up 11 runs and walking five in 3.2 frames of work.
After allowing a run in the opening stanza, Lamar grabbed the lead in the bottom half of the frame. Bumpers led off with a walk, and Vidrine followed up with a bunt single. A wild pitch put the duo in scoring position, and back-to-back groundouts by Johnson and Brad Picha put the Cards ahead.
After a scoreless second inning, situational hitting proved to be LU’s bread-and-butter over the next three frames. A two-out two-run double by Bunner in the third put the Cards up 4-1. In the fourth, Lamar answered a two-run frame by the Bearkats by sending 10 hitters to the plate with two outs and scoring seven times. The trend continued in the fifth with Bunner’s two-out three-run blast, his fourth homer of the year.
Each team scored five runs down the stretch to account for the final score.
Lamar and SHSU will return to action on Saturday afternoon. David Carver will make the start for LU, and first pitch is set for 2 p.m.