Baseball heads to No. 8 LSU

GO CARDINALS <b>J.T. Autrey</b>
J.T. Autrey

April 8, 2014

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BEAUMONT - Alex Box Stadium is considered one of the cathedrals of college baseball, and on Wednesday night, it will play host to the Lamar Cardinals as they look to continue their three-game winning streak at No. 8 LSU.

This marks the third straight season that the Cards have made the trip to Baton Rouge, and Wednesday will likely represent the largest crowd that Red and White will play in front of this season as the Tigers have led the nation in attendance in each of the last 18 seasons. This season, paid attendance totals have hovered near 11,000 per game.

The Last Meeting
February 19, 2013
Baton Rouge, La.
Late rally seals win for LSU

BEAUMONT - For the second time in as many seasons, the Lamar baseball team grabbed a first inning lead at Alex Box Stadium, but it wouldn't last as the host LSU Tigers rode a late rally out to an 8-1 victory on Tuesday evening.

It will also be the third game this season that LU has taken on a ranked opponent on the road. After handing then-No. 21 Houston a 4-2 loss earlier in the season, the Cards fell at then-No. 10 Rice last month in 3-2 fashion. LSU is currently ranked eighth by both USA Today and the NCBWA and 16th by Baseball America. The Tigers are 24-8-1 this season and boast of a 20-2-1 record in Baton Rouge.

However, LU can boast of something very few in country can. The Cards have a 5-3 record all-time against the Tigers, which puts them in an exclusive club of just 10 programs in the nation that can claim a winning record vs. the program with at least eight games played.

Last season, the Red and White saw some strong pitching for much of the game before a six-run eighth by the Tigers put it out of reach for an 8-1 win in Baton Rouge. J.T. Autrey, who was involved in that game-changing frame, will get a second shot at LSU as he's slated to get the start for the Cards. A senior right-hander, Autrey enters the game with a 4-1 record and a 2.28 earned run average. The Stephenville native has struck out 31 in 27.2 innings of work spread out over 11 appearances and three starts.

Offensively, Jude Vidrine and Sam Bumpers will be looking to lead the way as they have for much of the past few weeks. Bumpers has overcome an early season slump and has been one of the hottest bats in the country, hitting .469 since the start of conference season with 15 scores and 10 runs batted in. Vidrine, the reigning College Sports Madness' Southland Player of the Week, is hitting .320 over that time with a .478 on-base percentage, and he's expected to make a 127th consecutive start in the outfield on Wednesday, which ranks as the 26th-best active streak in the country.

LU is 18-14 this season and is riding a three-game winning streak after sweeping Abilene Christian this past weekend. The Cards are 2-3 this season in midweek encounters, but in all three losses, the tying run has walked to the plate in the ninth for the Red and White. In fact, close games have been the program's bread and butter this season as 21 of the 32 games have been decided by two or fewer runs. Four games have been settled in extra innings.

First pitch on Wednesday at Alex Box Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.




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