Lamar baseball team falls to McNeese St. in a thriller
BEAUMONT – Much in the same fashion as Friday night’s encounter with McNeese State, a big early inning was not enough on Sunday as the Lamar baseball team fell to the rival Cowboys 14-13 at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
It was a hitter’s day at the ball park, and it showed early as 12 Cardinals walked to the plate in the first, helping LU to an early nine-run lead. However, the big advantage didn’t last as the McNeese offense opened up for five runs in the ensuing half inning to stay within striking distance.
The Cowboys trimmed the lead once more with two more scores in the third before the Cardinals bounced back for three in the fourth. However, the breathing room was short-lived as the visitors from Lake Charles pushed seven more across over the ensuing three frames to take the lead.
Even with the comeback, the Cards still had their chances late. V.J. Bunner led off the ninth with a single, and Jude Vidrine followed up with a walk. The two eventually moved to second and third, respectively, but Seth Dornak flied out to center to end the game.
Vidrine was the engine of an LU offense that out-hit McNeese 18-15. The junior was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with five runs batted in, a pair of scores and a walk. He was especially successful in the opening inning, singling in a run and returning to the plate later for a two-run blast over the fence in left.
Bunner also had a five-hit outing, going 5-for-6 with three doubles, four scores and four RBI. Darian Johnson, Brad Picha and Dornak each put up a pair of hits, but unfortunately for the Cards, the bottom four hitters in the line-up combined for just two.
David Carver made the start on the mound and gave up five hits in a 1.2 innings. Will Hibbs and Brett Brown combined to go the following four innings and allow five scores, and Jerin Spikes was pegged with the loss after giving up four scores and seven hits over the final 3.1 frames.
Lamar dropped its first weekend series of the year to fall to 20-6 with a 1-2 conference mark. McNeese improved to 14-9 and 1-2 in Southland play.
The Cards will return to Vincent-Beck Stadium on Tuesday with a game vs. Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.Lamar baseball team falls to McNeese St. in a thriller Wednesday, April 23 2014, 11:23 AM CDT