Feb. 21, 2013
BEAUMONT – After dropping a game on Tuesday to LSU, the Lamar baseball team returns home for its second four-game series in as many weekends, playing host to Washington of the Pac-12 Conference for the annual YMBL Cardinal Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Originally scheduled as a tournament, Creighton will not be making the trip to Beaumont after inclement weather prevented the Blue Jays from traveling out of Omaha. Changes to the weekend slate will have the Huskies and Cardinals matching up at 6 p.m. on Friday, twice on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. and once more on Sunday at 1 p.m.
After sweeping past Northern Kentucky last weekend, Lamar returned to action earlier this week, losing 8-1 to perennial powerhouse in Baton Rouge. The series vs. NKU marked the first four-game sweep of an opponent by LU since North Dakota State in 2011.
Jonathan Dziedzic will once again be the Friday starter for the Cards after striking out 10 in six innings of work a week ago. Saturday will feature both Collin Chapman and Eric Harrington with the latter coming off a 10 K performance himself, pitching seven innings and allowing just one unearned run. Sunday’s starter will be David Carver, who has allowed a pair of runs this season in five innings of relief.
Offensively, the Cards will be looking to capitalize on Sam Bumpers’ hot start. The junior is hitting .500 for the season with four scores and eight runs batted in, including two of the walk-off variety. Jude Vidrine has also been a major performer, scoring LU’s lone run on Tuesday and eight against NKU to go along with a .474 average. Seth Dornak has been a consistent power source in the line-up, knocking out four doubles to go along with his .421 average.
Washington and Lamar will be meeting for the first time in history after weather prevented the two sides from playing last season. The Huskies enter with a 1-3 record after taking on UC Davis last weekend. UW hit .244 in the series and allowed 23 runs against 16 scored.
The Huskies will also be the first team from the Pac-12 to play at Vincent-Beck Stadium. They will also be the first opponent from the conference to take on LU since the Cards dealt then-No. 7 Arizona State a 5-4 loss at Rice’s Coca Cola Classic in 2004.