Feb. 18, 2014
LAMAR VS. TEXAS SOUTHERN
February 19 | 4 p.m. | Vincent-Beck Stadium | Beaumont, Texas
FULL GAME NOTES
- LU opened the season with a 2-2 showing at the Cardinal Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium, winning and losing once apiece to both UIC and Marist.
- All four of Lamar's games this past weekend were decided by a grand total of six runs and two were settled in extra innings.
- Lamar was picked second in the Southland preseason coaches poll and sixth by the sports information directors.
- The Cardinals went 39-20 last season, the best record for the program since the Southland championship-winning 2004 campaign.
- Sam Bumpers and Jude Vidrine were both named to the preseason All-Southland team.
- Jude Vidrine is the leading returning run-scorer in the Southland after touching home 53 times in 2013.
- 17 of the 33 players are newcomers, and 15 are junior college transfers.
- 30 Cards hail from the state of Texas, including six from Southeast Texas and one from Beaumont.
- LU will play 33 games at home this season, including the first 13.
- 25 of LU's games are scheduled vs. Texas opponents, including a home-and-home series with perennial powerhouse Rice.
LAMAR SPLITS OPENING WEEKEND AT VINCENT-BECK
Lamar experienced a dramatic opening weekend at Vincent-Beck Stadium this weekend, beginning with a game-ending outfield assist in a home opening win over Marist. Jude Vidrine, who recorded three in the tournament, hit the cut-off man in Tyler Sullivan, who in turn gunned down the tying run at the plate to end the game at 7-6.
LU was not as fortunate on Saturday, dropping a 6-3 12-inning affair to UIC in the afternoon and returning for a 4-3 loss to Marist in the evening.
Vidrine played the role of game-saver once more on Sunday vs. Marist. Throwing out the would-be go-ahead run in the 10th and then scoring the winning run on a Jacoby Middleton fielder's choice to secure an 8-7 victory. Middleton ended the weekend with a team-best .412 average.
The Last Meeting
March 13, 2013
TEXAS SOUTHERN SERIES HISTORY
- Lamar leads the series 23-1
- Texas Southern is 1-3 this season after taking on both South Dakota State and Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. The biggest highlight of the weekend came in a 1-0 victory over SDSU as the staff combined for a three-hitter.
- Last meeting: Darian Johnson and Seth Dornak combined to go 5-for-9 with four runs and four doubles as the Cards beat the Tigers 8-1. David Carver tossed five one-run frames on the mound to pick up the win.
- This is the fifth consecutive season that Lamar has played host to Texas Southern. The Cards and Tigers series began in 1986.
- Lamar holds an overall 628-491-1 record vs. teams from the state of Texas.
- LU has lost just five games all-time to opponents from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, posting an impressive 77-5 mark.
PROTECTING THE NEST
Vincent-Beck Stadium has been a fortress for Lamar baseball for much of its 46-year existence. The Cards hold an impressive 883-427-10 record within its walls, winning 66.9% of the games they play at home. Last year was no exception to the rule as LU finished with a home mark of 27-10, which is tied for the most wins at home since a 29-4 campaign in 1993.
Overall, LU has recorded 20 or more home victories 26 times over the past 45 seasons, including 12 of the past 13. The Cards have had .500 or better at home in all but five seasons.
GILLIGAN MOVES TO FIFTH ON ACTIVE WINS LIST
With a 39-win campaign a year ago and the retirement of longtime Wichita State skipper Gene Stephenson, Lamar head coach Jim Gilligan moved to fifth among the winningest active NCAA Division I head coaches. Gilligan currently boasts of 1,259 over his 36 years, trailing just Augie Garrido of Texas (1,876), Mike Martin of Florida State (1,773), Mark Marquess of Stanford (1,496) and Jim Morris of Miami (1,393). Gilligan, who also spent time as a pitcher and an assistant coach for the Cards, sits 14th on the all-time wins list.
NEWCOMERS CRUCIAL IN 2014
Lamar brings in 17 newcomers this season, including 15 from the junior college ranks. If they are to repeat the successes of a year ago, it will largely depend on this group of players replacing a pair of starting pitchers and seven position players.
Six of the incoming positions players each hit better than .300 with impressive numbers, led by Jacoby Middleton's .376 average with 50 RBI and 49 runs. Kevin Santana boasted of a .340 average with seven homers, 47 runs and 43 RBI, and Reed Seeley also hit .340 with 56 scores and a .476 on-base percentage. Mason Salazar was a .333 hitter, Tyler Sullivan hit .319, and Cameron Allerheiligen put together a scorching .370 average
On the mound, Billy Love looks to lead the group after posting a 5-2 record with a 3.86 ERA and 53 strikeouts over 53.2 innings. Derek Wade led all incoming pitchers with 2.04 ERA, and Zach Aitken tossed 50.2 innings with a 3.04 mark.
BIG RED SPORTS NETWORK ADDS BASEBALL
For the first time in school history, LU games will be available for free live via LamarCardinals.com. The Big Red Sports Network will broadcast select games over the course of the season, including Wednesday's game against Texas Southern.