Baseball set for final home series

GO CARDINALS <b>Jude Vidrine</b>
Jude Vidrine

May 1, 2014

BEAUMONT – The Lamar baseball team wrapped up its non-conference slate earlier this week, and the Cardinals will be looking to finish the home schedule in memorable fashion as they aim for a fifth consecutive Southland Conference series victory when Houston Baptist makes the trek to Vincent-Beck Stadium this weekend.

LU (27-18), who started the league season with wins in just two of its first nine games, currently carries a 12-9 Southland mark with just nine games left on the schedule. The Red and White are tied for fifth in league standings, but enter the week just one game out of third and two games ahead of a tie for seventh. The top eight teams will make it to the Southland Tournament, which will be held later this month in Conway, Ark.

The Last Meeting
Houston Baptist8
March 20, 2013
Vincent-Beck Stadium
Baseball loses to Houston Baptist

BEAUMONT - Brett Brown couldn't have asked for a better start to Wednesday night's game against Houston Baptist, but a second inning home run was all the Huskies needed as the Lamar baseball team fell 8-1 at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

HBU, on the other hand, is 9-12 in the Southland this season and 20-21 overall. The Huskies are just one game out of the final spot in the tournament.

The Cards, winners of each of their past four series, would be the first LU squad to win five consecutive since 2006. The biggest offensive reason for the success has been the duo of Sam Bumpers and Jude Vidrine. Bumpers, a shortstop out of Bourbonnais, Ill., is hitting a scorching .473 in league games this year, scoring 24 times in just 21 games with 11 extra-base hits. Vidrine, who’s touched home 23 times in league play, boasts of a team-leading .456 on-base percentage for the season with a nation-leading 40 walks.

Both Vidrine and Bumpers will be joined by fellow seniors J.T. Autrey, Andrew Beasley, David Carver, Hunter Perry, Jake Sutton and Lance Warren when the Cards host a Senior Day ceremony prior to Saturday’s game.



As a team, LU’s offense has been impressive this season and currently sits second in the conference with a .294 batting average, just .001 shy of league-leading HBU. The Cards’ .390 on-base mark is comfortably leading the league, and it has certainly been helped by the presence of Vidrine, Reed Seeley and Jacoby Middleton. The trio has combined for 99 of LU’s conference-best 204 walks.

On the mound, Chase Angelle will get the nod on Saturday as he looks to continue his fantastic junior campaign. The southpaw out of Orange has made 10 quality starts in just 11 appearances this season, posting a 3.04 earned run average with a .242 opponent batting average over 77 innings of work. David Carver, another lefty, will get Friday’s start, and carries a 1-1 record with a 4.22 ERA over 21.1 frames. Sunday’s starter is to be determined.

First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s game is slated to get going at 2 p.m. Sunday’s home finale at Vincent-Beck will start at 1 p.m.

Sunday will also feature the Jr. Cardinal Spring Festival, which will include inflatables, food and an appearance by Big Red. Each Jr. Cardinal member is invited to bring a friend and membership forms will be available at the game.


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