April 24, 2014
BEAUMONT – It was starting to look bleak for the Lamar baseball team after the opening three weeks of Southland Conference play, but things have certainly taken a turn for the better in recent weeks as the Cardinals have won eight of their last nine conference games and will be aiming for a fourth consecutive series win this weekend with a trip to Stephen F. Austin.
The Cards (24-16, 10-8 Southland) have been on such a tear largely because of the offense, which has picked up double-digit hits in all but one of the last seven games. The assault on opposing pitchers has been led by Sam Bumpers, who enters the series standing on the precipice of history. The senior shortstop has recorded at least one hit in 24 consecutive games, just one shy of Erik Kanaby’s school record mark. After hitting a paltry .206 entering the start of conference play six weeks ago, Bumpers has hit .446 since, becoming one of the hottest hitters in the country in the process.
The Last Meeting
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April 28, 2013
Lamar completes sweep of SFA with 4-3
BEAUMONT - Sam Bumpers collected three hits Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium, and the Cardinals held off a late Stephen F. Austin rally, as Lamar University completed a three-game Southland Conference baseball sweep with a 4-3 victory.
However, Bumpers hasn’t been the only hot bat as six Cards in total boast of a .300-or-better average, including junior Reed Seeley. The Baytown native is in his first season in Beaumont, and he’s also safely reached base in 24 consecutive games, reaching via hits in each of the past 17, which is tied for sixth-longest hitting streak in school history. Seeley has been one of the most patient batters in the conference, walking 29 times, but he’s bettered by teammate Jude Vidrine, who entered this week ranked third in the nation in walks with 36.
As a team, LU holds the Southland’s best overall marks in both batting average (.299) and on-base percentage (.396).
On the mound, the one-two punch of Will Hibbs
and Chase Angelle
has turned into a successful combo for much of the season. Hibbs, a sophomore out of Friendswood, is 4-1 on the year with a 3.02 earned run average, and Angelle, a junior Orange native, carries a 2.99 ERA and a 3-4 record. Angelle has recorded nine quality starts in just 10 appearances this season.
David Carver will get the nod in Sunday’s finale. He tossed five two-hit innings in a win over then-No. 16 Rice last week.
Stephen F. Austin has fallen on hard times in recent weeks, dropping nine of its last 10 games, including conference series against both Abilene Christian and Oral Roberts. With a 16-24 record and a 7-11 league mark, the Lumberjacks will be looking to gain ground on LU to vie for a spot in next month’s Southland Tournament.
First pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s game is set for 2 p.m., and the final game will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday.