April 18, 2014
BEAUMONT - Sam Bumpers and Chase Angelle were stars of the show on Friday night as the Lamar baseball team bounced back from Thursday's loss to hand visiting Sam Houston State a 13-3 mercy rule-shortened decision at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Bumpers, who has now recorded a hit in 23 consecutive games, led a Cardinal offense that recorded double-digit hits for the sixth straight game. The senior shortstop ended the night 2-for-4 with a pair of triples and four runs batted in. Brandon Provost was 3-for-5 with a trio of RBI, and as a team LU out-hit the visitors from Huntsville 16-5.
With the win, LU improved to 23-16 on the year with a 9-8 Southland mark. SHSU dropped to 27-13 and 10-7, respectively.
Chase Angelle, coming off a complete game two-hitter a week ago, was similarly effective for much of the game on Friday. The southpaw out of Orange held the Bearkats hitless into the sixth inning and finished the night with three runs allowed (two earned) on four hits over 6.2 frames. He walked just one and struck out four.
"When you get an eight-run lead after two innings, you're just trying to throw as many strikes as possible," Angelle said. "I wasn't trying to do too much or be too fancy. Sam is always one of the toughest teams in the conference, and I really wanted to come out here and beat these guys tonight. This was a good win, but we need another one tomorrow."
Angelle improved to 3-4 on the season and now has nine quality starts in 10 appearances.
After scoring six runs in the opening inning a night before, the bats were alive early for the Cardinals once again on Friday. Jude Vidrine led off the first with a double and later scored on a Reed Seeley single. Bumpers tripled in the ensuing at-bat before he ultimately touched home on a Provost single.
Seeley, who has also reached base safely in each of the last 23 games, extended his own hitting streak out to 16 games, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of scores.
Seeley and Provost combined to single home three more runs in the second stanza. Kevin Santana, who was playing in his first game since an injury at Abilene Christian earlier this month, plated two more in the frame, and he'd go on to finish the night 2-for-5.
All nine starters in LU's line-up recorded at least one hit on the night, and all nine would reach base multiple times as the SHSU pitching staff combined to issue nine walks.
After three Bearkats scored in the top of the seventh, LU's offense got back to work in the bottom half of the frame. A Vidrine bases-loaded walk brought the first across, and Bumpers emptied the bags moments later with his second triple to make it 12-3.
Vidrine took advantage of another bases-loaded situation in the following inning, singling to left to bring the game to its premature close.
LU will be aiming for a third consecutive series victory on Saturday as both the Cards and Bearkats will square off in a rubber game. J.T. Autrey will get the start for the Red and White, and first pitch is set for 1 p.m.