Cards close out non-conference slate with UTSA

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Will Hibbs

April 28, 2014

BEAUMONT – With the regular season starting to wind down, the Lamar baseball team will look to take advantage of its last non-conference games of the season when it hits the road for San Antonio for a two-game set vs. UTSA on Tuesday and Wednesday.

LU, which will be playing its final two games of the month, will look to continue its most successful run this season. After closing out March with a series loss to McNeese State, the Cardinals have been flying high in April, taking home 11 of 14 games, including winning each of the past four conference series and a mid-week encounter with Rice.

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Vincent-Beck Stadium
Pitching staff combines for 4-0 shutout of UTSA

BEAUMONT – Lance Warren set the tone early on Wednesday night and the rest of the Cardinal pitching staff followed suit as the Lamar baseball team picked up a 4-0 win over former conference foe UTSA at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

The Red and White offense has been a major contributor to the team’s recent successes, and it enters the week ranked second in the Southland in batting average with a .297 mark and comfortably first in on-base percentage at .393. Sam Bumpers has taken a lot of the headlines with his current 27-game hitting streak, the longest in school history, but he’s not been the lone offensive weapon as five Cards in all are hitting above .300.

Bumpers, who leads the team in both average (.357) and slugging (.520), is joined in the line-up by Jude Vidrine, the team leader in runs (41), runs batted in (31) and on-base percentage (.451). Vidrine also ranks third in the country in walks with 39 in 43 games. Kevin Santana and Brandon Provost have both been dependable bats as well, and Reed Seeley, who saw his own 17-game hitting streak snapped this past weekend, rounds out the .300-or-better group.



On the mound, Will Hibbs will get his first mid-week start of the year on Tuesday after a tough outing this past weekend. The junior out of Friendswood has been one of the best arms for the Cards this season, putting up a 4-2 record with a 3.79 earned run average over 57 innings of work. Wednesday’s starter is yet to be determined.

UTSA is 27-17 this season with a 12-9 mark in Conference USA. The Roadrunners are 19-9 at home this year, and they are coming off their first home series loss of the season, dropping two of three to Charlotte. The school is the ninth Texas institution that the Cards have played this season, picking up wins in 12 of 18 games, including seven of nine in the last month.

First pitch on Tuesday at Roadrunner Field is scheduled for 6 p.m., and Wednesday’s non-conference finale is set for 1 p.m.



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