Cards and UMass ready for four-game set

GO CARDINALS <b>V.J. Bunner leads the Cards with five doubles in just nine games this season.</b>
V.J. Bunner leads the Cards with five doubles in just nine games this season.

March 7, 2013

BEAUMONT - The Lamar baseball team will be looking for another strong performance this weekend as the Cardinals will play host to Massachusetts for a four-game series at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

Lamar, who is carrying an 11-2 record and a seven-game winning streak into the weekend, is in search of a fourth consecutive series victory. The Cards previously swept both Northern Kentucky and Columbia and took home three out of four from Washington.

Eric Harrington will be looking to get the Cards going early after an exceptional start to the season. The senior right-hander is 3-0 this season and has pitched two consecutive complete games on the mound. With a start this weekend, he will take sole possession of third place in LU history. He also sits third all-time in innings pitched with 333.2, and sits just 22 away from the top of the list.

Collin Chapman and Jonathan Dziedzic are set to get the call on Saturday with Chapman looking to continue a strong start that features a 2-0 record and a complete game victory two weeks ago. Dziedzic, an MLB draftee a season ago, is 1-1 this year and with 230 career strikeouts. He sits just four away from third on the all-time list.

Sunday's starter has not been announced.

Offensively, five Cards boast of a .360 or better batting average, led by Aaron Olivas' .439 rate. The El Paso native also carries a .500 on-base percentage. Darian Johnson is hitting .385 with four doubles, and Sam Bumpers is right behind him at .381 with a team-best 13 runs batted in. Jude Vidrine is hitting .362 and leads the team in runs scored with 13 to go along with four doubles and home run.



V.J. Bunner missed a few games earlier this season, and the Vidor native has returned impressively with a .464 average anda team-best five doubles. He also carries a .529 on-base percentage.

UMass enters the weekend at 1-2. The Minutemen opened the year with losses to Tennessee and Notre Dame before knocking off Ohio last Sunday. The team is hitting .309 for the year and has an earned run average of 4.50.

Friday's first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m., and Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. Also, due to the Gusher Marathon on Saturday, access to Vincent-Beck Stadium via MLK and Jim Gilligan Way will be limited. Fans will need to access to the parking lot will be from the Rolfe Christopher Dr. side near the soccer/softball complex.

Sunday's game will begin at 11 a.m.



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