LU football, anemic against Houston, readies to face Sam Houston State

Houston backup quarterback Kyle Postma threw for 125 yards and rushed for 109.

When the Lamar Cardinals traveled an hour west on Interstate 10 on Sept. 10 to face FBS nationally ranked No. 6 Houston, they left their offense at home as the Cards lost for the second straight week, this time in a 42-0 shutout.

Lamar mustered just 73 yards of total offense and senior running back Kade Harrington was held to 23 yards on 15 attempts. After going 1-4 for 14 yards, quarterback Carson Earp was pulled for transfer Andrew Allen, who finished the game 6-9 for 44 yards. It also didn’t help that the Cards never crossed midfield.

Lamar (0-2) will open the Southland Conference schedule when the Carinals host FCS No. 3 Sam Houston State (1-0) on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The Bearkats were off last week but defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State, 59-21, the week before.

The Cardinals trail the all-time series against Sam Houston State, 9-18-1 (.380), but defeated Sam Houston State last year in Huntsville, 49-46.

Soccer

The injury-depleted women’s soccer team couldn’t overcome a slow start in a 3-0 loss at Southern Mississippi in a non-conference game Sept. 9.

The Cardinals (1-6-0), who were down to 14 healthy field players, fell behind 2-0 in the first half to the Golden Eagles (4-1-0). That was a tough hole to dig out of, considering Southern Miss has allowed just two goals on the season.

“We know we’re limited, but we need some players who can play a full 90 minutes,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “It was disappointing being down by two goals at halftime.”

LU junior goalkeeper Lauren Lovejoy came in to start the second half for the Cardinals, seeing her first action of the season. Lovejoy was credited with four saves, at least two of the spectacular variety, but had no chance on Bri Schubeck’s goal that made it 3-0.

“Lauren has been looking good in training, and we thought it was time to give her a chance,” Holeman said. “It wasn’t that Rachel did anything wrong. Lauren played well, and as a coach it’s a great feeling to have two goalkeepers you can depend on.”

Lamar will open conference play on Friday, Sept. 16, with a match at Nicholls State at 4 p.m. then play at LSU on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m.

“Obviously, we’re going to focus on the conference games,” Holeman said. “We get to wipe the slate clean and get a fresh start. LSU will help us get better, but we know that the conference game at Nicholls is important.”

Volleyball

The Lady Cardinal volleyball team is still winless in the 2016 season as they were shut out in three games last weekend, losing to Ohio University, UTSA and Oklahoma in the Nike Invitational all by the match scores of 3-0.

Lamar wraps its non-conference season at the Hawkeye Invitational, where it will face Iowa and South Dakota on Sept. 16-17.

Cross country

Two Cardinals from the women’s team finished in the top five, but it was the men that took a fourth place finish at the Justin Cooper Rice Invitational in the second meet of the season for the Lamar University cross country teams on Sept. 9 in Houston.

Both Jannika John and Evelyn Chavez finished third and fourth, respectively. They led the Cardinal women to a fifth place finish on 123 points, and the men had a total of 112 points. John finished the 4K meter race in 14:21.41 and Chavez completed hers in 14:26.68. 

Federico Gasbarri led the men for the second-straight meet, this time on a 6,000-meter mark of 19:23.60. He was the third male finisher from the Southland Conference behind McNeese’s Enrique Soto and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Fabian Lutz.

Lamar will take a week off before traveling back to Texas A&M to compete in their second meet at the Dale Watts Course on Sept. 24.

Baseball

Former outfielder Jacoby Middleton, who finished his final season with the Lamar University baseball team in 2016, signed to play with the Normal Cornbelters (Illinois) of the Frontier League, an independent professional league, which started in 1993 and spans through West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Missouri.

Through five games, Middleton has three hits in five at-bats with three runs scored. He finished his career with a .267 batting average and 11 home runs at LU. He was a part of last season’s stellar run that included a 15-game win streak. Last season alone, he notched 48 hits, scored 34 runs and drove in another 41.

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