March 18, 2013
BEAUMONT - After hitting the road for its first road series of the year this past weekend, the Lamar baseball team will return to Vincent-Beck Stadium for a two-game set against future Southland foe Houston Baptist on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Cardinals enter Tuesday's contest with an 18-3 record and have won each series that they've participated in this season after picking up two out of three over Texas-Pan American over the weekend.
David Carver will get the start on the mound for the Cards, and the junior will look to continue his strong debut season in Beaumont. The Reseda, Calif., native has tossed 26.1 innings this season with an impressive 1.37 earned run average to go along with a 3-1 record.
Brett Brown will get the nod in Wednesday's game. It's set to be the freshman's first career start after making two appearances this season. The Nederland product struck out the side in his first collegiate appearance, and picked up another K in his last showing.
Offensively, Darian Johnson has led the way, and the senior boasts of a team-best .425 average to go along with 18 scores, 18 runs batted in and five steals. In all, six Cards are batting over .300, and as a team, LU is out-hitting opponents .305 to 231.
This week marks the 10th season that Houston Baptist and Lamar have squared off. The Cards hold a 19-10 advantage in the series, which dates back to 1967. The two sides split last season with LU picking up a 6-5 victory at home and falling 5-1 in Houston. Johnson and Garret Autrey starred in the meetings, combining to hit .500 with three scores and a pair of runs batted in.
HBU is 6-9-1 this season, last falling in walk-off fashion at Texas A&M last Tuesday.
First pitch on Tuesday and Wednesday is slated for 6:30 p.m.