March 15, 2011
BEAUMONT - Lamar University's baseball team will take a four-game winning streak into its 2 p.m. non-conference doubleheader against the University of Texas-Pan American in Vincent-Beck Stadium on Wednesday.
Coach Jim Gilligan's Cardinals are fresh from sweeping a three-game, Southland Conference series against Nicholls, and they're 12-6 on the season. The Broncs are 5-4 and haven't played since dropping a doubleheader to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 7-5 and 6-0 on March 8.
Gilligan, who is now within 11 victories of reaching the 1,200 milestone in his 34-plus seasons as a major college coach, plans to send out Albert Lott and Tommy Roebuck as his starting pitchers Wednesday.
Lott, a 6-foot-3, 271-pound junior left-hander from Beaumont Ozen, is 0-0 this season and has a 0,00 earned run average. He has allowed seven hits and 11 bases on balls in 9.2 innings.
Roebuck, a 6-4, 230-pound senior right-hander from Hardin-Jefferson, is 0-1 and has a 1.04 ERA. He has allowed five hits and walked seven batters in 8.2 innings. His loss came in a 7-6 decision to Cal State-Northridge on the final day of the 2011 YMBL/Cardinal Classic.
The Cardinals, who have won six of their past seven games and are one of four teams tied for the early SLC lead with 3-0 records, will carry a team batting average of .288 into Wednesday's doubleheader, and they have a team ERA of 3.09.
After last weekend's 8-1, 9-4 and 3-0 home sweep of Nicholls, Lamar's Joey Latulippe and Blake Ford were recognized as honorable mention Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week by the SLC.
Latulippe, a 6-0, 190-pound senior catcher from League City, has the Cardinals' longest current hitting streak of eight games, and he's leading the team in hitting with a .382 average. During his eight-game hitting streak, he has gone 13 of 28 for a .464 average.
Ford, a 6-5, 210-pound right-hander from Lufkin, has a 2-1 record and 1.71 ERA. He's fresh from throwing a four-hit, complete-game 8-1 victory over Nicholls in which he struck out nine batters and walked one.