Cards welcome in Colonels for three-game set

GO CARDINALS <b>Jude Vidrine</b>
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Jude Vidrine
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March 20, 2014

BEAUMONT – With a win over a ranked opponent this past Tuesday, the Lamar baseball team will be looking to bounce back from a conference-opening series loss when Nicholls makes the trip to Vincent-Beck Stadium.

LU (14-8, 1-2 Southland) picked up a win behind eight strong innings from Will Hibbs on Friday night vs. Southeastern Louisiana, but the team wasn’t as fortunate on Saturday, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to the Lions. However, it was a return to form on Tuesday as the Cards set out for nearby No. 21 Houston and handed the now 15-4 Cougars their first home loss of the season.

The Last Meeting
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May 18, 2013
Vincent-Beck Stadium
Cards finish regular season with a 6-5 win over Nicholls

BEAUMONT – It wasn’t easy for the Lamar baseball team on Saturday afternoon, but the relief staff was able to hold off a late Nicholls rally to hold on for a 6-5 win over the Colonels at Vincent-Beck Stadium.


Hibbs will once again feature on Friday night this weekend as the 6-foot-7 sophomore out of Friendswood is sixth in the Southland with a 1.86 earned run average. He holds a flawless 2-0 mark on the mound, holding opposing hitters to a .241 batting average. Saturday starter Chase Angelle may have a 1-3 record this season, but it appears to be misleading as the junior southpaw is one of just 21 pitchers in the country with five quality starts in five chances on the mound this season.

Sunday’s starter will be determined later in the weekend, and it’s likely that the bullpen quintet of J.T. Autrey, Danny Fernandez, Brandon Kirkham, Jayson McKinley and Brent Janak will be involved. Each has seen major time on the mound so far this season, helping LU to a 3.12 team ERA, which ranks fourth in the conference.


 

 

Kevin Santana, who stands among the national leaders in doubles, has continued to lead the lineup. The Blinn College transfer is hitting .376 this year with 15 scores and 11 doubles, reaching base in all 22 games that he’s played. He’s one of five newcomers that have been regulars in the lineup this season, perhaps none as impressively as Kyle Markum has been in the past few weeks. The Beaumont native has made seven starts this year, hitting .379 with nine runs batted in.

Another local player, Jude Vidrine, has continued to play a key role in the LU offense, and his patience at the plate has been the most notable, earning a league-best 19 walks to bump his .265 average up to a .402 on-base percentage. His 20 runs rank fifth in the conference, and with 115 consecutive starts under his belt, the Nederland native boasts of the 29th-best active streak in the nation.

LU has actually been one of the most patient teams in the country at the plate, tallying 104 walks on the year, which ranks 11th in the NCAA and first in the Southland.

Nicholls comes into this weekend’s series on the heels of a 2-1 series win over Houston Baptist. The Colonels are 10-12 overall this season with a 2-5 mark outside of Thibodaux. The pitching staff is the strength of the team, boasting of a 2.37 team ERA, which ranks second in the league. The offense hasn’t been as successful, hitting at a conference-worst .231 clip.

First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The games on Saturday and Sunday are slated for 2 and 1 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast live locally on KLVI 560.

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