April 16, 2013
BEAUMONT - With series wins each of the last two weekends, the Lamar baseball team will look to parlay the success into a Wednesday evening meeting with former conference foe UTSA at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Lamar, which is carrying a 26-11 record into the game, will turn to Lance Warren on the mound. The junior out of Paris Junior College has been a key part to the Cardinal bullpen this year and holds an 0-1 record and a 2.51 earned run average over 14.1 innings of work. He's allowed four earned runs over 11 appearances, playing a role in three shutouts and striking out 13.
The Last Meeting
May 19, 2012
San Antonio, Texas
Cardinals close 2012 baseball season with 7-2 win at UTSA
SAN ANTONIO - Darian Johnson and Cameron Campbell each pounded out three hits Saturday at Roadrunner Field, and Machon Trimm had his best outing of the season, as Lamar University closed the 2012 baseball season with a 7-2 Southland Conference victory at UTSA.
The Cards will also likely look for contributions from elsewhere in the bullpen, and pitchers Jayson McKinley (2-1, 1.26 ERA) and Brett Brown (0-1, 24 Ks) may also be in the plans for head coach Jim Gilligan.
Overall, Lamar ranks second in the conference with a 3.81 team ERA, a mark that is undoubtedly helped by the defense, which leads the league with a .984 fielding percentage. With 23 errors, the Cards have committed 15 less than every other SLC member, and their 35 double plays rank second.
Offensively, Darian Johnson has led the pack with a .401 average and 30 runs batted in, which ranks second and fourth, respectively, in the conference. Jude Vidrine has also been no stranger on the base paths, carrying a .465 on-base percentage with a league-leading 39 scores, and V.J. Bunner ranks second in the league in slugging at .538 with four homers and 34 scores.
As a team, LU leads the SLC with a .300 average and 79 doubles. The team also ranks second in runs scored (241) and walks (158).
All-time, UTSA holds a slim 25-24 advantage over the Red and White, but the Cards were better last season, taking two out of three in San Antonio to close out the 2012 campaign. This season, the Roadrunners are 19-16, and Michael Kraft (1-4, 4.98 ERA) is expected to make the start.
First pitch on Wednesday is set for 5 p.m.