April 14, 2014
BEAUMONT – The Lamar baseball team has taken home six consecutive Southland games for the first time since 2010, and the Cardinals will be looking to parlay the league success into a second win over a ranked opponent on Tuesday as No. 16 Rice will make its annual trek to Vincent-Beck Stadium.
After dropping a 3-2 affair at Rice last month, the Cards’ offense has come alive, averaging 7.1 runs per game since. Led by Sam Bumpers, the Red and White are hitting .320 as a team over the 10-game stretch and have topped 10 hits in all but two and 20 twice. Bumpers is one of four Cards hitting .300 or better since the affair, but he’s by far the most prolific, picking up 23 hits in 46 at bats, homering four times and scoring 14 runs.
The Last Meeting
March 26, 2014
Cards drop 3-2 decision at No. 10 Rice
HOUSTON – A three-run fourth inning would be all that No. 10 Rice would need on Wednesday evening as the Lamar baseball team fell 3-2 to the host Owls at Reckling Park.
Bumpers, who was hitting a paltry .206 on March 14, has been one of the best offensive performers in the country since, hitting safely in 20 consecutive games and increasing his season average to .350. The Bourbonnais, Ill., native went 2-for-4 in the earlier meeting with the Owls and followed up with a stellar weekend vs. McNeese State, ultimately laying claim to a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week award.
Other major offensive performers include Brandon Provost and Kevin Santana, who are both hitting .303 for the season, and Jacoby Middleton is hitting .298 and coming off an eight-RBI weekend vs. New Orleans. Both Jude Vidrine and Reed Seeley are hitting .291 and rank first and second, respectively, in the Southland in walks with 32 and 26.
is scheduled to start for the Cards on the mound. The senior out of Reseda, Calif., has a 5.40 earned run average this season over six appearances and four starts. A 6-foot-4 southpaw, Carver was pegged with his only loss of the season at Rice, allowing three runs over four innings on five hits and a walk.
Rice is coming into the meeting with a 26-12 record. Following last month’s win over LU, the Owls dropped five of the ensuing seven games, but they appear to have gotten back on track and are currently riding a four-game winning streak that includes a 7-2 decision at Texas and a sweep at conference foe Tulane.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, Cardinal Club members are invited to participate in the annual Big Red Fan Fare, which will include dinner and an opportunity to meet with coaches and athletes from nearly every LU-sponsored sport.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.