Lamar ranked 25th in baseball, Hibbs earns award

Will Hibbs was selected as its UniversalCoin.com Pitcher of the Week.

April 11 was a big day for the Lamar University baseball team. First, Collegiate Baseball announced that for the first time since 2009, the Cardinals were nationally ranked. And then, the Southland Conference publicized that Will Hibbs was selected as its UniversalCoin.com Pitcher of the Week.

Hibbs is the third league player of the week – and first pitcher – to come from Lamar this season after Jacoby Middleton took the award in the first week of the year and Reid Russell a few weeks later, who was named honorable mention Monday.

The Cardinals were able to push the nation’s longest win streak to 15 over the weekend because of Hibbs’ Friday night start at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He pitched Lamar to its first shutout of the season, a 1-0 win, with a complete game in which he only allowed five hits and six base runners (one reached on error). He struck out 10 batters and did not issue a walk.

The Friendswood native allowed only two batters to make it into scoring position, and no Islander made it further than second base. He also worked one inning in the midweek set against Nicholls, using it as a regularly scheduled bullpen session, and helped close the door against the Colonels.

Lamar used the streak of 15 straight wins to help jump into the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings at No. 25, the first time LU has been ranked since March 2009 when they broke in at No. 23 after a school-record 9-1 start.

No. 25 Lamar (25-7) plays at Baylor (16-16) on Wednesday and will host a three-game conference series with McNeese State this weekend: Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

LU will step back out of league play on Wednesday, April 20, to host Texas Southern at 4 p.m.

Former Lamar University southpaw Jonathan Dziedzic was promoted to play with the Omaha Storm Chasers, the AAA affiliate of the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, and started April 10 against the New Orleans Zephers at Werner Park in Omaha.

Dziedzic, who was Double-A Pitcher of the Year last September, took the loss, allowing just two hits and two unearned runs in 5 innings.

 

Men’s golf

The Cards closed out their regular season with a 10th-place finish at the Jim West Intercollegiate on April 12.

LU posted a final round of 306 to finish the 54-hole event at 28-over-par 892, just one stroke behind fellow Southland Conference member Stephen F. Austin in the 13-team field. Saint Mary’s won the event with a 2-under 286.

Leading Lamar was Gregory Wiggins, who tied for 32nd with a 6-over 222.

The Cardinals will play in the SLC Championship beginning April 18 in McKinney.

 

Softball

After sweeping Southeastern Louisiana last weekend, the Lady Cards improved to 24-14 overall and 11-4 in league play. Lamar will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for three games beginning Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m. followed by a double-header Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Lady Cards will step out of conference play Tuesday, April 19.

 

Football

The Cards will be hosting the 2016 Crawfish Bowl on Saturday, April 16, at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The annual spring game, which signifies the end of spring camp, will begin at noon.

There will be several events surrounding the annual Crawfish Bowl that fans are invited to come enjoy. Admission to the game, as well as tailgating, will be free. There will be a crawfish cook-off beginning at 9 a.m., plus music from J.A.G. Fans can also purchase their season tickets for the upcoming 2016 season at the spring game. There will be entertainment for the kids, as well. The youngsters can compete in the kid’s crawfish races and hang out with Big Red and Lu. Fans will receive free T-shirts while supplies last.

“April 16th is a great day for fans to come spend the day on the LU campus cheering on the Cardinals,” said LU Director of Athletics Jason Henderson. “We have tons of events going on at the annual Crawfish Bowl in a family-friendly environment, and then fans can stick around afterwards to watch our baseball and softball teams.”

 

Men’s tennis

Just days after knocking off No. 28 Rice on April 9, the men’s tennis team climbed 14 spots in the most recent ITA Tennis poll and are now ranked 54th. LU also defeated No. 47 Iowa last month.

The Cards are 14-5 overall and will next compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, which is April 23-24 in Nacogdoches.

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