April 16, 2014
BEAUMONT – After picking up six consecutive Southland victories over the past two weekends and a win over a ranked team on Tuesday, the Lamar baseball team will look to continue its recent form as it welcomes two-time defending conference champion Sam Houston State to Vincent-Beck Stadium.
With an 8-7 Southland record, the Cardinals will be looking to improve their chances for next month’s eight-team Southland Tournament. The Red and White are currently seventh in the league rankings and are just one game out of a tie for fourth with SHSU, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Last Meeting
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May 24, 2013
Sugar Land, Texas
Dziedzic narrowly misses no-hitter as Cards beat Sam Houston State 3-1
SUGAR LAND - It was a performance for the ages on Friday afternoon as Jonathan Dziedzic recorded 26 outs before allowing his first hit of the game as the Lamar baseball team sent regular season conference champion Sam Houston State home from the Southland Tournament in 3-1 fashion at Constellation Field.
The offense has been the major driver of LU’s success in recent games as the line-up has registered 10-or-more hits in each of the team’s four successive victories. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the offensive surge has coincided with impressive hitting streaks by Sam Bumpers and Reed Seeley. Bumpers, who has been one of the hottest hitters in the country over the past few weeks, is on a 21-game streak, and Seeley has recorded at least one hit in 14 consecutive games.
Bumpers has hit a scorching .485 in Southland play, and Seeley’s boasted of a .339 clip to go along with a .474 on-base percentage. Not to be outdone, Jude Vidrine has been a .341 hitter in league games and currently ranks among the nation’s leaders in walks, helping the Cards to conference-leading totals in both batting average (.295) and on-base percentage (.391).
Will Hibbs will get the nod on the mound on Thursday night. The towering 6-foot-7 right-hander is boasts of a team-best 4-1 record with a 2.52 earned run average. He’s also holding opposing hitters to a .240 opponent batting average.
will be looking to build off the best outing of his career last time out when he gets the start on the mound on Friday. The junior southpaw tossed a complete game two-hitter vs. New Orleans to play the role of clincher for a second straight series victory, and it marked his eighth quality start in nine opportunities this season.
Saturday’s starter is set to be J.T. Autrey, who has been one of the top arms out of the bullpen this season. The senior led the team in appearances last season, and he’s posted a 5-2 record this year with a 2.62 ERA over 34.1 innings of work.
This week’s series with SHSU, will begin on Thursday evening and run through Saturday afternoon. Both Thursday’s and Friday’s games will begin at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s will start at 1 p.m.