April 8, 2013
BEAUMONT – After taking two out of three from Southland Conference-leading Southeastern Louisiana, including an 18-1 beatdown on Sunday, Brad Picha was honored by the league office on Monday, earning SLC Hitter of the Week.
Picha, a senior out of Stephenville, hit .462 in the series with six runs batted in, and he’ll be looking to take the hot bat into a Tuesday night showdown with nearby Rice at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Last Meeting
March 27, 2012
No. 9 Rice knocks off Lamar 17-2
BEAUMONT - Ninth-ranked Rice University broke open a tight game Tuesday night by pounding out seven hits and scoring 10 runs in the fifth inning, and the Owls went on to cruise to a 17-2 victory over Lamar University.
A preseason All-Southland selection, Picha became the first Cardinal to be named Hitter of the Week this season. Two weeks ago, Jonathan Dziedzic became the first to earn weekly honors from the conference, taking home Pitcher of the Week.
With this weekend’s series out of the way, Lamar will now turn its focus on Rice, who enters the game with a 23-11 record and a No. 14 ranking in the most recent Baseball America poll. The Owls are currently sitting tied for first place in Conference USA with No. 24 Houston, which Lamar beat in a midweek encounter two weeks ago.
Last season, Lamar split its season series with Rice, knocking off the seventh-ranked Owls 5-4 in Houston before dropping a 17-2 decision in Beaumont. Picha was the star in the series, going 5-for-8 with a pair of doubles, but the same was not true of the rest of the line-up as the Cards carried a .215 batting average.
Lamar’s offense has been clicking at a much better rate this season as Darian Johnson leads the team with a .403 batting average. Four other Cards are hitting better than .300, which is also LU’s team average.
Tom Elsom is slated for the start, and the junior is carrying a 1-0 record and a 3.68 earned run average into the meeting. Elsom made his first career start vs. Houston, pitching 2.1 frames with a pair of strikeouts.
LU is 24-9 this season with a 19-4 mark at home.
Tuesday’s game will also be Student Appreciation Night at Vincent-Beck. The Dining Hall will be closed, and dinner will be served at the stadium from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Also, over $750 in prizes are set to be awarded.
First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.