Feb. 20, 2014
LAMAR vs. LIU BROOKLYN
February 21-23 | Vincent-Beck Stadium | Beaumont, Texas
LIU Brooklyn Notes
- Lamar is coming off of a loss to Texas Southern this past Wednesday. The loss dropped the Cards to 2-3 on the season, marking the first time since the 2012 campaign that the Cards have been below .500.
- So far this season, the potential tying or game-winning run has taken an at bat in the ninth inning.
- Last weekend, all four games that LU played were decided by a total of six runs and two were settled in extra innings.
- 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.
FRIDAY, 6:30 p.m.: RHP Jayson McKinley (LU) vs. RHP Brian Drapeau (LIU)
SATURDAY, 1 p.m.: LHP Chase Angelle (LU) vs. RHP Nick Freijomil (LIU)
SATURDAY, 4 p.m.: RHP Will Hibbs (LU) vs. RHP Bobby Maxwell (LIU)
SUNDAY, 11 a.m.: RHP Collin Chapman (LU) vs. Chas Lacko (LIU)
Lamar drops midweek clash to Texas Southern
After loading the bases in both the eighth and the ninth innings, the Lamar baseball team was only able to cash in a pair of scores in an 8-4 loss to visiting Texas Southern on Wednesday evening.
LU vs. LIU Brooklyn
- LIU Brooklyn will be opening its 2014 season this weekend. Last year, the Blackbirds posted a 21-33-1 record with a 9-17-1 mark on the road. They will return six starters and 16 letterwinners from the campaign.
- LIU Brooklyn was picked to finish fourth in the Northeast Conference this season.
- This weekend marks the first-ever meeting between LIU Brooklyn and Lamar.
- LU holds a 2-0 record vs. the Northeastern Conference, handing Central Connecticut a pair of defeats. In 2002, the Cards came away victorious in a 9-4 decision at the NCAA Austin Regional. In 2005, LU put up an eye-popping 22-0 rout at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
- LIU Brooklyn is the 11th school from New York that Lamar has faced in its 51-year history. The Cards are 35-8 all-time vs. opponents from the Empire State, and this marks the second straight season that a team from the state has made the trek to Beaumont for a series. Last year, LU took home four wins over Columbia, and last week, the Cards split a two-game set with Marist.
LU in non-conference weekend series
This weekend marks the first traditional weekend series of the season for Lamar. Over the past decade, the Cards have experienced unequaled success in non-conference weekend series, racking up an impressive 58-5 mark.
Last season, LU picked up four-game sweeps over Northern Kentucky and Columbia, earned a three-game sweep of UMass and earned series victories against Washington (3-1) and UTPA (2-1)
Since 2004, the Cards have won 19 of the 20 series.
In all five games this season, the tying or go-ahead run has made the walk to the plate in the ninth inning, as each game has been decided by a total of 10 runs.
In the season opener vs. Marist, Jude Vidrine picked up one of his three outfield assists this season, combining with Tyler Sullivan to gun down the tying run at the plate to end the game at 7-6. On the following day, LU lost a 12-inning affair to UIC 6-3 before returning for a 4-3 setback to Marist. Last Sunday, the Cards beat UIC 8-7 in 10 innings.
Chasing win No. 1,500
After last weekend, Lamar's all-time victory total climbed to 1,471. Getting to 1,500 would be just one more achievement for head coach Jim Gilligan, who recorded 1,259 of the victories as a head coach. He was also an assistant for 36 more in 1970 and 1971, and he played for the Cards in 1967 and 68, helping LU to another 33. In all Gilligan's been involved in 1,328 of the victories, which accounts for 90.3% of the overall total.
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.
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 883-428-4 record within its walls, winning 67.1% 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.
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 Sunday's game vs. LIU Brooklyn.