May 17, 2013
BEAUMONT – It was an inauspicious beginning for the Lamar baseball team on Friday night, but the Cardinals were able to bounce back from an opening three-run deficit to win 5-4 over visiting Nicholls at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
After spotting the Colonels (26-28, 9-17 Southland) three scores in the opening stanza, the Red and White evened things back up an inning later. Jude Vidrine stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out and singled home the first LU tally. Zach Luevanos earned a walk in the ensuing at-bat to cut the deficit in half, and Aaron Olivas plated another later in the frame with a single through the right side.
Brad Picha handed Lamar (35-18, 14-12 SLC) its first lead of the ball game in the third, uncorking a solo shot over the fences in right field.
Picha finished the night 1-for-3 with a pair of scores, and Olivas was one of three Cards with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. As a team, LU out-hit Nicholls 11-8.
After giving up the equalizer in the fifth, Lamar regained the lead in the sixth on a Sam Bumpers double to left center that allowed Vidrine to cross home plate for the second time on the night.
On the mound, David Carver got the start for the Cards, but recorded just one out in the opening frame before being chased from the game. Hunter Perry took over in his stead and tossed four innings of three-hit ball, allowing one score and striking out four.
didn’t allow a hit over the next 2.2 frames to pick up the win and improve to 2-2 on the year, and Jerin Spikes
made the trot from the bullpen to collect the final six outs for his first career save.
The two sides will return to Vincent-Beck for a rubber game in the 2013 regular season finale. Lamar will be looking to improve its seeding for the SLC Tournament next week in Sugar Land, and Nicholls will be looking to secure the final spot in the field. Will Hibbs is scheduled to start for the Red and White and first pitch is slated for 1 p.m.