March 27, 2013
BEAUMONT – After picking up a victory over 19th-ranked Houston on Tuesday evening, the Lamar baseball team will keep their 2013 season rolling with a trip up to Conway to take on Central Arkansas this weekend.
Due to the Easter holiday, the series will be starting on Thursday and running through Saturday instead of the normal Friday-Sunday schedule.
The two sides, which have 40 wins between them, are looking to bounce back from series losses to open conference play last weekend. UCA (19-6), which knocked off No. 18 Oklahoma State on Thursday night, dropped all three games at Oral Roberts, and Lamar (21-6) fell in two out of three to McNeese.
The Last Meeting
March 10, 2012
It should prove to be a tightly contested series as the Bears enter with the league’s best earned run average at 2.41, and Lamar comes in with a .295 batting average. Both marks are tops in the Southland Conference.
Lamar can boast of strong pitching as well, ranking second in the league with a 3.41 ERA to go along with SLC’s best defense. The Cards have committed just 11 errors in the field, 16 fewer than second-place UCA, which has played two less games.
The trio of David Carver, Eric Harrington and Jonathan Dziedzic will be the go-to guys on the mound. Carver, a junior transfer out of Los Angeles’ Pierce College, will get the nod on Thursday, and he’ll look to continue a strong start to his LU career as he enters with a 3.41 ERA and a 4-1 record.
History could be in the making as Eric Harrington (4-0, 2.64 ERA) stands just one start and 2.2 innings short of claiming the top spot in the Lamar history books. He’s slated to throw on Friday, and Dziedzic (2-1, 2.38) finds himself in a similar position. The junior southpaw has struck out 10 or more batters on three occasions this season, and he’s just nine away from tying LU’s career record.
Last time out, Dziedzic struck out 12 over 10.0 innings of work to claim a share of the Southland Pitcher of the Week award, joining Sam Houston State’s Cody Dickson. Dziedzic teamed up with reliever Travis Moore
to strike out 22 and hold McNeese scoreless over 18 innings en route to a 1-0 victory.
Offensively, the trio of V.J. Bunner, Darian Johnson and Jude Vidrine has powered the Cardinal offense. Each ranks in the top four in the league in runs scored, led by Bunner’s 29, and both Johnson and Vidrine are in the top three in hits, led by Johnson’s 44.
Last season, the Cards were swept at UCA, falling 2-0 on Friday and 1-0 in a 12-inning affair on Saturday before dropping a 10-0 decision in the final meeting. The two sides are knotted up at 9-9 in the all-time series, and the Bears hold the 7-5 edge in Conway.
First pitch at Bear Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 6 p.m.