A sixth inning bases-clearing double from Houston Baptist tested the resolve of the Lamar University baseball team, but the Cardinals responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning to defeat the Huskies 8-4, Saturday, in Southland Conference action at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
HBU’s Austin Zillweger delivered a three-run double to right field and put the Huskies (13-12, 5-4 Southland) up 4-3.
Lamar (16-13, 5-7) responded in the bottom of the frame with five runs, three on a blast over the right field wall from Chad Fleischman, his third long ball of the season and third in the last five games.
The Cardinals added another run in the eighth inning to bring the final score 10-4 in favor of the Cardinals.
The LU team finished the overall series at 1-2, after losing 7-2 in the series opener and 2-1 in the second game of the series.
Lamar hits the road for four games, starting with Baylor, Wednesday at 6 p.m., and finishing at New Orleans in Southland Conference play. They return home, April 11, for Grambling followed by a Thursday-Saturday series with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Lady Cardinals suffered a 5-3 loss to Southeastern Louisiana, Saturday, as the Lady Lions completed a sweep of the three-game Southland Conference series in Hammond, La.
Southeastern Louisiana (17-18, 6-6) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run inside-the-park home run by Ali McCoy, whose shot down the left-field line rolled all the way to the wall. LU tied the game in the top of the third when Shelby Henderson’s RBI grounder scored Brynn Baca.
After Southeastern Louisiana scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead, the Cardinals tied the score 3-3 in the top of the fourth on Brittany Rodriguez’s RBI single. The Lady Lions took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth due to a throwing error and a solo home run by Maddie Edmonston.
Southeastern defeated the Lady Cards 2-1 in the series opener and 6-3 in the second game.
The Cardinals play a non-conference doubleheader at the University of Houston at 4 p.m., Tuesday, before opening a five-game homestand that starts with a three-game conference series vs. Sam Houston State, with doubleheader at 4 p.m,. Friday, and a single game at 3 p.m., Saturday.
After a three-hour rain delay, the women’s tennis match between Lamar University and the University of Houston moved indoors to the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Club in Houston, where the Cougars recorded a 4-2 victory.
After the Lady Cardinals (13-6) took the first point when Houston was forced to forfeit at court six due to injury, the Cougars responded with a 3-0 run to take a two-point advantage with two courts left undone.
The Lady Cards got one of the points back at No. 1 singles when senior Katya Lapayeva overwhelmed UH’s Sveva Mazzari in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-3, before Houston won the final point.
The Lady Cardinals return to action, Saturday, to host McNeese State at 1 p.m. at the Thompson Family Tennis Center.
Lamar University kept its perfect Southland Conference record intact after defeating New Orleans 6-1, Friday, at the Thompson Family Tennis Center. The victory moved the Cardinals to 13-6, 2-0 SLC.
Winners in seven of their past eight matches, the Cardinals outscored the Privateers (6-8, 2-2 SLC), 12-4 in the first two doubles matches, to score the point.
Lamar took an opening-set on all six singles courts. Senior Jeandre Hoogenboezem gave the Cards a two-point lead at No. 3 singles, ousting UNO’s Federico Staksrud, 6-4, 6-0.
Junior Benny Schweizer gave LU a three-point advantage with four matches remaining, beating Giacomo Adonececchi, 6-1, 6-2.
UNO battled back to take set victories on courts four and five, before Cardinal senior Nikita Lis came through with a 6-3, 6-4 decision to give the Cards the win.
The Cardinals will return to action, Friday, at Abilene Christian University.
Track and Field
The Lamar University track and field program competed at the Bobcat Invitational at Texas State University in San Marcos, Saturday, after competing in the Stanford Invitational and the Texas Relays earlier in the week.
Jannika John and Evelyn Chavez put up big numbers in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, finishing with the third and fourth best times in LU history. John was 23rd with a 34:59.54 mark and Chavez finished with a 35:11.85 time.
At the Bobcat Invitational, the men’s and women’s 4×100 teams put up season-best times. LU’s women’s group, made of Chanissey Fowler, Deja Phillips, Janay Stanton and Erin Derrow, recorded 46.53. The same group ran a 46.81 time, Friday, and topped the best of 46.73.
The men’s team, featur-ing Tylen Guidry, Thomas Lightfoot, Damerian Toliver and Brian O’Bonna, raced to a 41.79 finish.
Phillips also put up her personal season best in the women’s triple jump with an 11th-place leap of 38 feet, 7 inches. Teammate Thai Williams was ninth with a 38, 9 3/4.
On the men’s side of the triple jump, Guidry and O’Bonna finished fifth and sixth. Guidry marked in at 48 feet, 11 1/2 inches followed by O’Bonna’s 48 feet, 10-inch leap. Javon McCray also competed in the event and put up a 44 feet, ¾-inch jump.
Stanton had a team season best in the women’s 200 meters with a time of 24.84. Derrow ran the race to a 24.94 time and Taeylor Roquemore set her personal best at 25.77.
The Cardinals continue their outdoor season, Saturday, at the Baylor Invitational in Waco.