Oct. 25, 2012
BEAUMONT – After hitting the road for Rice over the weekend the Lamar baseball team has started to wrap up a successful fall practice season at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
“We’re shutting down the fall encouraged that we have a much better ball club this year,” head coach Jim Gilligan said. “We have some pretty good freshmen pitching and returners that had pretty good summers. We’re a lot better than we were last year, and we’re looking to build a championship team.”
The Cardinals fell 4-3 in a 14-inning affair at Reckling Park on Saturday, a showing that has Gilligan excited for the spring. The game offered a number of opportunities for players all over the fall roster to get in the game and leave a lasting impression for the spring campaign.
“It was good to go down and play Rice last week,” Gilligan said. “In their other scrimmage, they beat TCU 12-6, so we pitched pretty well. I came away from there feeling pretty good. It showed us areas that we need to tweak. It was a good evaluation for us.”
Lamar will officially close the practice season on Friday, and the Cardinals will return to officially open up the spring at Vincent-Beck Stadium in February.