April 18, 2013
BEAUMONT – The Lamar baseball team will look to continue its recent Southland Conference success this weekend as the Cardinals hit the road for Natchitoches for a three-game set at Northwestern State.
The series should prove important in the Southland regular season race as four teams currently sit tied at the top with 8-4 records and four more teams are in fifth at 6-6. Lamar, who has taken two out of three from two league-leaders (Southeastern Louisiana and Sam Houston State), is 6-6 in SLC play and 27-11 overall. Northwestern State carries an 11-27 mark with a 2-10 conference record.
The Last Meeting
March 25, 2012
Northwestern State defeats Lamar 10-5 to complete SLC sweep
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Northwestern State designated hitter Matt Farmer picked up three hits and drove in five runs Sunday afternoon at Brown-Stroud Field, helping the Demons to a three-game Southland Conference sweep of Lamar with the 10-5 victory.
The offense has played a major role in the strong 2013 campaign for LU as the Cardinals currently lead the conference with a .299 batting average to go along with 81 doubles and 15 homers, which rank first and third in the league, respectively. With 159 walks, the Red and White are also second in on-base percentage at .384.
Darian Johnson is the engine of the LU offense, hitting .397 with a league-best 62 hits to go along with 30 runs batted in and 35 scores. The duo of Sam Bumpers and V.J. Bunner has also been outstanding, combining to hit .340 with 66 runs and 47 RBI. Jude Vidrine has also been strong, hitting .314 with SLC-best 39 scores.
Bunner and Bumpers, along with Aaron Olivas, also make up the heart of an imposing Lamar infield that has turned league-best totals in double plays (39) and fielding percentage (.985). The team has also committed just 23 errors, which is 15 less than every other team in the conference.
On the mound, the Cards are led by Jonathan Dziedzic
, the school’s all-time leader in strikeouts. The junior has experienced a memorable season this year as LU’s Friday night starter, fanning 69 in just 61.1 innings of work to go along with a 2.93 earned run average and .185 opponent batting average. On Saturday, Eric Harrington
, who sits atop the LU career list in innings pitched, will step to the mound with a 2.64 earned run average and three complete games. Both pitchers are 5-1 on the year.
David Carver (5-3, 3.97 ERA) will start on Sunday.
Led by Will Watson’s .310 mark with 17 RBI, the Demons enter play on Friday with a .242 batting average. On the mound, Robert Baker (3-4, 4.29 ERA) and Cody Butler (2-2, 4.81 ERA) are slated to start with Sunday’s pitcher to be announced later. As a team, NSU has a 5.54 ERA.
First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.