, Port Arthur, Texas


May 9, 2013

LU baseball looks to improve tourney seed

BEAUMONT —  BEAUMONT — The Lamar baseball team will look to bounce back from the first conference series loss since March this weekend as the team travels to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for an important three-game series against the Islanders.

  Lamar, which sat atop the Southland Conference prior to last weekend’s sweep at the hands of Oral Roberts, enters tied for fifth this weekend, trailing the second-place Islanders by just one game and first-place Sam Houston by three.

  Despite the recent downturn, the Cards are still in good shape to make the Southland Tournament in Sugarland later this month, sealing a berth with a win or a Nicholls loss.

  The Cards (33-15, 12-9 SLC) will carry the Southland’s best-hitting offense into the weekend, boasting of a .296 average and 103 doubles, which ranks 11th nationally. Individually, five Cardinal hitters have a .300-or-better average, led by the duo of Darian Johnson and Sam Bumpers at .372 and .355, respectively.         

  Johnson ranks 13th nationally and first in the SLC with 73 hits on the year, and he’s also rated as the fourth-toughest hitter in the country to strike out. Bumpers ranks fourth in the league in runs scored with 40, and fellow Card Jude Vidrine leads the category with 43.

  On the mound, LU plans to trot out Jonathan Dziedzic on Friday evening. The southpaw out of Humble is the school’s strikeout king with 303 for his career and he ranks eighth in the NCAA this season with 92 over 85.1 innings of work. The junior has been involved in three shutouts to go along with a 6-2 record and a 2.95 earned run average.

  Also starting will be Will Hibbs on Saturday. The towering 6-foot-7 freshman out of Friendswood will be making his 10th appearance of the season and his first career start. He’s tossed 14.1 innings this year with a 6.91 ERA. Hibbs is coming off his longest outing of the year, allowing a pair of scores over 4.1 frames in last Sunday’s loss to Oral Roberts.

  Sunday’s starter has yet to be determined.

  The Islanders enter the weekend with a 28-20 record, including a 13-8 mark in conference play. The squad currently ranks third in the SLC in batting at .287 and are coming off a three-game sweep of McNeese State in Corpus Christi. Last season, the Cards dropped two out of three to the Islanders in Beaumont.

  First pitch for tonight is set for 6 p.m. Play on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 4 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.


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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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