Baseball set for battle with Houston

GO CARDINALS <b>Jacoby Middleton</b>
Jacoby Middleton

March 17, 2014

BEAUMONT - After dropping its first series of the 2014 season this past weekend against Southeastern Louisiana, the Lamar baseball team will be looking to bounce back on Tuesday evening when it makes the short trek to take on Houston at Cougar Field.

Lamar, which is now 13-8 this season, saw its five-game winning streak snapped on Saturday with a pair of losses to Lions. The three-game set was decided by a total of five runs, meaning that the tying run has made the  walk to the plate in the ninth inning in 13 of 21 games that LU has played in this season.

The Last Meeting
March 26, 2013
Vincent-Beck Stadium
Lamar closes homestand with 6-3 win over No. 19 Houston

BEAUMONT – V.J. Bunner fired the opening salvo on Tuesday night, belting a first-inning home run off the left field foul pole, and the Lamar baseball team never looked back as it cruised to a 6-3 victory over 19th-ranked Houston at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

The Cardinals will be looking to continue the midweek form from a week ago that handed Prairie View an 18-6 seven-inning decision at Vincent-Beck Stadium. Brandon Provost and Jacoby Middleton were the primary motors of the offense last Wednesday, combining for six runs batted in and four scores. Provost carried it over into the weekend, hitting a game-deciding two-run homer in the 10th on Friday and finishing the week with an impressive .786 slugging percentage.

UH is 15-3 this season after going 4-0 last week, taking home a midweek win over Baylor and then sweeping Towson at Cougar Field. The hosts out of the American Athletic Conference have won 11 consecutive home games to kick off the 2014 season.

However, then-ranked 19th, the Cougars appeared to have the upper hand prior to meeting LU last season at Vincent-Beck. That didn't turn out to be the case as current Cards Chase Angelle, J.T. Autrey, Jayson McKinley and Lance Warren combined to help hold the visitors to just four hits and lead the Red and White to a 6-3 win.



LU has taken three of the last four meetings vs. UH, but the Cougars hold the 50-28 series advantage.

First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


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