April 21, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. – The Lamar baseball team couldn’t stop scoring in the first inning on Sunday afternoon, and it proved too much for Northwestern State as the Cardinals drubbed the Demons 18-4 in seven innings at Brown-Stroud Field.
The Cardinals, who run-ruled the NSU on Saturday as well, outscored the hosts 37-7 in the three-game series, marking the largest margin of victory for an LU team in such a series since beating Texas Southern 43-0 to start the 2003 season. The 37 runs also marked the most for the Cards since scoring 38 against UT Arlington in 2010.
With the win, Lamar improved to 30-11, becoming the first LU team to win 30 games since 2010 and the fastest to the total since 2004. The Red and White improved to 9-6 in conference play.
The Demons dropped to 11-30 overall and 2-13 in the SLC.
The Cardinals experienced a massive first inning, going through the entire line-up twice. Each batter recorded a hit and a score. LU sent 19 hitters to the plate with 16 reaching base and 14 scoring. Sam Bumpers and Brad Picha each picked up two hits in the frame. Bumpers led off with a triple and followed up with a double, and Picha doubled and homered with four runs batted in. V.J. Bunner and Garret Autrey also went yard, and in all, eight players recorded at least one RBI.
Three different NSU pitchers saw action on the mound in the opening stanza with Joey Parrack and Andrew Adams giving up four runs apiece before Cameron Brewer made the trot from the bullpen to quell the barrage.
The Demons were able to chase a Lamar pitcher from the mound as well when David Carver gave up a pair of scores without recording an out, but Jerin Spikes took over and allowed just one hit over the ensuing six outs to pick up his first career victory.
NSU struck for two more scores off Brett Brown
in the third before Ben Coram
took over on the mound to toss 4.2 innings of scoreless relief, earning his second save of the season.
The Cards went on to reclaim all four scores in the fifth as six straight batters reached base to open the inning. Dewey reached on an error, and the quartet of Seth Dornak, Autrey, Aaron Olivas and Zach Luevanos followed up with singles to push the first two scores across. Bumpers was hit by a pitch to bring Autrey home, and Olivas went on to score when Jude Vidrine hit into a double play.
For the day, the Cards out-hit the Demons 17-6, led by yet another three-hit outing by Luevanos, who finished the series 8-for 12 with six RBI and four scores. Autrey also had a memorable day, scoring three times and knocking in three runs, and Picha finished with four RBI and two runs.
Lamar will return to action next weekend when the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin make the trek to Beaumont.