May 11, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -
The Lamar Cardinals exploded for 10 runs on 15 hits Sunday to salvage the final game of a three-game series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Lamar defeated the Islanders, 10-7, to improve to 29-22 overall, and 14-13 in Southland Conference play to remain tied for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Lamar's three-run victory sets up a huge battle in the regular-season series finale as the Cards travel to Tulsa, Okla., to take on the team they are tied with, Oral Roberts.
The Cardinals used five pitches to record the hard-fought victory Sunday. Will Hibbs got the start and surrendered four runs, three earned, in 4.1 innings. The Islanders plated a run in four consecutive innings beginning in the second, but Lamar was able to maintain the advantage after plating two in the first and four more its half of the third inning.
Leading 7-4 heading into the top half of the sixth, Lamar's offense took control of the game for good. The Cards struck for the eventual game-winning run with two in the sixth. LU's pitching kept A&M-Corpus Christi off the scoreboard for the next two innings, while the Cardinals would tack on an insurance run in the ninth.
The Islanders would score two runs in the home half of the eighth, and add another in the ninth but it was too little to late as the Cardinals picked up the win.
Lance Warren pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one, to pick up the win. He improved to 4-0, while the Islanders' Kaleb Keith suffered the loss (3-4). Eight different Cardinals recorded a hit, including five players who had at least two hits. Lamar's Jude Vidrine led the onslaught going 3-for-5 with an RBI and four runs scored. Vidrine was one of seven Cardinals to drive in a run Sunday.
The Cardinals return to the diamond Thursday when the travel to Tulsa to take on ORU. The game against the Eagles is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.