Lamar University’s Zander Gous tied for third place to lead the Cardinals to a second-place finish at the Longhorn Shootout, Saturday, in Austin. Gous shot a 1-over-par 72 in the morning round before carding a 4-under-par 67 at the UT Golf Club and finished with 3-under 139 for 36 holes.
All six LU golfers had better scores in the afternoon round. The Cardinals had a 374 in the morning before rebounding with a 362 to finish at 26-over-par. LU Cardinals Mans Berglund tied for sixth, Cody Banach tied for 10th and Sam Dumez tied for 14th. Charlie Flowers also had rounds of 78 and 77 to place 20th at 13-over-par 155, one stroke ahead of teammate Eason Wang, who tied for 21st at 14-over-par 156 after rounds of 83 and 73.
“We played a solid second round, which is something we have been struggling with all year,” Mudd said. “It was great to see them play so well in the second round.”
Cutter McDowell had a special game at the plate with two home runs, but back-to-back long balls in the second inning sparked LSU’s offense as the Tigers downed the Lamar University baseball team 10-4, Tuesday, at Alex Box Stadium in non-conference action in Baton Rouge, La.
McDowell popped a first pitch home run, his second leadoff bomb of the season, and put the Cardinals (22-16) up 1-0, but the Tigers (26-12) responded in the second inning with back-to-back blasts from Nick Coomes and Josh Smith that put them up 3-1.
McDowell uncorked his second home run in the third inning, which led off the frame. In the fourth, Bryndan Arredondo led off with a double down the left field line to get in position for Chad Fleischman’s bomb to left field. McDowell’s homer was the third overall, and Fleischman’s was his fourth.
The Tigers drew it back to a three-one lead in the fifth when Antoine Duplantis hit a sinking line drive into center field with Coomes in scoring position. Coomes reached on walk and took second on a single from Beau Jordan. They poured it on with three more in the seventh and took a commanding 10-4 lead.
The Lamar University men’s tennis team will host a Senior Day Alumni Match, Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. from the Thompson Family Tennis Center.
LU will honor its four seniors — Michael Feucht, Jeandre Hoogenboezem, Juuso Laitinen and Nikita Lis — prior to the match, and then will step on the court to take on the LU alumni. The Cardinals four seniors will leave as one of the best classes to ever wear the Red and White. The LU Class of 2017 has posted a 60-36 (.625) record during their career, including an 18-6 (.750) Southland Conference mark. The Cards have produced a 26-6 (.813) record at home during the past four seasons.
Over the course of the past two seasons, the Cardinals have posted a perfect record in conference play (9-0), as well as a perfect home record (14-0). In addition to the number of wins they’ve posted in their four years, the Cardinals ended a 40-year drought last season by winning their first conference title since the 1976 season.
The Cardinals have one more regular-season match remaining before the start of the Southland Conference Championships. LU will travel to rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Friday.
LU senior Anna Spengler, came back from an opening-set loss, to defeat New Orleans’ Anja Luethi at No. 2 singles for the fourth and deciding point of the day. The Cardinals finished with a 4-3 decision over UNO in Louisiana,
The Cardinals (16-7/8-3 SLC) close the regular season winning three consecutive matches and guaranteeing themselves at least the three seed in the Southland Conference tournament, beginning Friday, April 28, at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Complex. Admission to the match is free.
Compiled by Cassandra Jenkins