April 4, 2013
HAMMOND, La. - Jonathan Dziedzic will be looking to solidify himself further in the Lamar baseball annals on Friday evening as the Cardinals will hit the road for another Southland Conference series this weekend at Southeastern Louisiana.
With 265 career strikeouts, Dziedzic is just seven away from grabbing sole position of the top spot in school history, unseating former hurler William Delage, who played for the Cardinals from 2003-06. This season, the southpaw out of Humble has fanned 54 over 47.2 innings of work, running up a 3-1 record with a 2.45 earned run average and a .185 opponent batting average.
Dziedzic has also been involved in three shutouts, including an 18-inning affair two weeks ago vs. McNeese State, which saw him combine with Travis Moore to strike out 22 en route to a 1-0 win. Moore, a freshman left-hander out of Pearland, will be making his first career start on Saturday. He's pitched 14.1 innings this season with a 4.40 record.
Sunday's starter will be announced later.
The Red and White will be looking to get back to the form that won five consecutive weekend series to start the season as opposed to the squad that's dropped each of its last two. LU is 22-8 on the year, but after only taking one game from both McNeese and Central Arkansas, the squad carries a 2-4 mark in conference play.
In addition to Lamar's strong starting pitching, the hitting and defense have been especially important as the Cards lead the SLC in both categories. LU carries conference-best marks in batting average (.292), hits (300) and doubles (58). Defensively, Lamar has only committed 13 errors, which is 14 less than second on the list, with a .989 fielding percentage. The Cards have also turned a conference-best 32 double plays.
Darian Johnson leads the effort at the plate, and he boasts of a league-best 48 hits with a .381 average. V.J. Bunner and Jude Vidrine have been two of the best scorers in the league and are currently ranked second and third, respectively, with 29 and 26 runs. Vidrine also tops the conference in walks.
Meanwhile, SLU is coming into the weekend with a peerless 6-0 league mark and a 21-9 record for the year. The Lions pitching staff has done the bulk of the work, boasting of a 3.75 ERA.
Last season, the Cards took two out of three from SLU in Beaumont.
Starting on the mound for the Lions this weekend will be Sean Kennel (4-0, 2.45 ERA), Tate Scioneaux (3-0, 2.89) and Jordan Hymel (4-2, 3.35 ERA).
First pitch on Friday night is set for 6 p.m.