April 15, 2014
BEAUMONT – Just days after a weekend where the Lamar baseball team paid tribute to its 1980s teams, perhaps nostalgia was still in the air at Vincent-Beck Stadium on Tuesday night as the Cardinals beat visiting 16th-ranked Rice 10-1, the largest margin of victory for the Red and White since 1985.
“I told the guys tonight to take a look at that scoreboard because Rice doesn’t have to look at that very often,” head coach Jim Gilligan said. “It was a great effort tonight to score that many runs against an opponent like that, and then to turn around and hold them to five hits on such a great hitting night with the wind blowing out is really something.”
Nine different Cards recorded at least one hit in the game as LU out-hit the visitors from Houston 15-5. It marks the fourth straight game with at least 10 hits for LU, and fittingly enough, a fourth consecutive victory for the now 22-15 Cards.
Justin Eckols and Jude Vidrine led the way for the Red and White as each grabbed three hits and a pair of runs batted in. Eckols was also the game’s leading scorer, crossing home plate three times, and Reed Seeley had a 2-for-4 showing with a team-best four RBI.
Seeley has now recorded a hit in 14 consecutive games, but he’s got a long way to go to catch up with Sam Bumpers, who had a 1-for-5 day to extend his hitting streak out to 21 games, which ranks third all-time in the school record books.
On the mound, David Carver put together his best outing of the season, tossing five two-hit innings to improve to 1-1 for the year. The senior out of Reseda, Calif., allowed just one run and struck out four before leaving the mound in the sixth inning.
, Hunter Perry
and Travis Moore
took over in his stead, allowing just three hits and striking out five over the game’s final three frames.
An Eckols single and an error on a Jake Sutton sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third early in the third inning to put the LU offense in business. Vidrine singled home the first run, and a Seeley fielder’s choice brought home the second to give LU the 2-0 advantage heading into the fourth.
It would get uglier for the visitors an inning later as Brandon Provost led off with a double to left center. Salazar singled in the ensuing at-bat, and hits from both Eckols and Vidrine doubled the Card advantage. Seeley knocked in another before a Bumpers strikeout and Kyle Markum groundout ultimately ended the threat.
LU added three more in the fifth on a Sutton single and a Seeley double before the Owls (26-13) claimed back a score in the top of the sixth. However, it was just a temporary reprieve as Provost and Eckols brought two more home in the bottom of the frame.
The Cards will look to keep their recent run of form going later this week as they get ready to welcome in defending Southland champion Sam Houston State for a three-game series.