April 11, 2013
BEAUMONT – After taking two out of three against Southland-leading Southeastern Louisiana last weekend, the Lamar baseball team will look to pick up another series win against a conference power this weekend as Sam Houston State will make the short trek from Huntsville for a three-game set.
SHSU (19-13) is tied for the lead at the top of the SLC with a 7-2 mark in league play, and the Cardinals (24-10) currently sit in a three-way tie for sixth at 4-5.
The Last Meeting
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April 15, 2012
Lamar Drops Series Finale to Sam Houston State, 5-3
Junior Brad Picha went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in but needed some help as Lamar University dropped the series finale to No. 20 Sam Houston State 5-3 Sunday afternoon in Southland Conference baseball action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar, who fell in a tight 9-8 meeting vs. 14th-ranked Rice on Tuesday, enters the meeting with one of the best offenses in the Southland, hitting a league-best .300 with 215 runs scored in 34 games. LU is also strong outside the batter’s box, ranking third in team earned run average with a mark of 3.74 and first in fielding percentage at .985. With just 20 errors on the year, the Cards have the least in the league by 14.
Individually, Darian Johnson is the engine of the offense, leading the conference with 57 hits, and the duo of V.J. Bunner and Jude Vidrine are tied for second in runs with 32 apiece. Brad Picha also plans to play a major role in the offense after taking home the Southland Hitter of the Week award on Monday.
Friday’s pitching match-up could prove interesting as SHSU’s Cody Dickson will take on Lamar ace Jonathan Dziedzic. The duo shared an SLC Pitcher of the Week award earlier this season, and both have maintained their level of play since. Dziedzic, who set Lamar’s all-time strikeout record last weekend with 272, enters the meeting second in the conference in both strikeouts (61) and opposing batting average (.184). He also ranks third in ERA at 2.26.
Dickson leads the league in opposing batting average at .156 and boasts of a 3.06 ERA.
Saturday’s pitching match-up will pit David Carver (5-2, 3.64) vs. Andrew Godail (3-1, 3.30 ERA). Sunday’s is to-be-determined.
Last season, the Cards derailed a 13-game winning streak for the then-No. 20 Bearkats, but fell in two out of the three games. The series victory gave SHSU a slim 56-55-1 edge in the all-time series between the two schools.
First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.