BEAUMONT — BEAUMONT - The Lamar baseball team's hot start kept going on Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium as the Cardinals picked up a pair of wins over visiting Columbia to run their streak of consecutive victories to six.
LU grabbed a 7-5 victory in game one and a 9-5 decision in the second, sweeping a doubleheader for the third time this season. With the wins, Lamar moves to 10-2 on the year, the best start since 2010, and Columbia dropped to 0-3.
In the first game, the Cards capitalized on some mistakes by Lion pitcher Joey Donino to take an early lead. Darian Johnson hit a one-out double to left to bring home a run in the first, and a wild second frame that included a trio of infield singles, a pair of walks and a wild pitch resulted in three runs for the home side, putting the visitors from the Ivy League down 4-0 after two.
Collin Chapman got the start on the mound for LU, and after giving up just one hit over the first two innings, hwas pegged for a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings.
The Cards went on to manufacture a couple of runs in the bottom of the fourth, putting Chapman back in line for the win. Sam Bumpers and Andrew Dewey led off the frame with a walk and a single, and a Jude Vidrine sacrifice bunt put the duo in scoring position. Bumpers scored just moments later by beating the tag on an Aaron Olivas fielder's choice, and a Johnson sacrifice fly scored Dewey to give Lamar a two-run advantage.
Johnson finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, and both Dewey and Bumpers scored twice.
Columbia and Lamar each scored once more as the game wore on, and with the tying run on first in the top of the ninth, David Carver made the trot from the bullpen and struck out Columbia's Eric Williams to end the threat and pick up his first career save.