Feb. 8, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO - One year ago, softball returned to Lamar in triumphant fashion, as the Lady Cardinals opened the season with a doubleheader of sweep of UTSA, including winning the opener on a walk-off home run.
The tables were turned in this season's opener, as the Lady Cardinals dropped a doubleheader at UTSA. The host Roadrunners won the opener 8-6 on a walk-off home run by Vivian Tijerina before claiming a 17-2 win over Lamar in the nightcap in a contest that was halted after the top of the fifth because of the mercy rule.
"It's obviously a disappointing way to start the season," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "We hit well enough in the first game to win. We didn't hit well in the second game, and our pitching fell apart for one inning."
Bruder was referring to the second inning of the nightcap, an inning that saw the Roadrunners send 20 batters to the plate as they erupted for 16 runs to snuff out an early 2-0 Lamar lead.
"That's a big hole to climb out of," Bruder said. "We set the side down in order in the first inning, but everything went wrong in the second inning."
Lamar had 10 hits in the first game, but just four in the second game. Stephanie Meeuwsen had three hits, including a home run, in the first game for Lamar. Tina Schulz had two hits, while Beverly Corry hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 6, setting the stage for Tijerina's heroics.
Schulz (0-1) took the loss in the first game, allowing nine hits and eight runs, all earned, in a complete game. She walked two and struck out six.
Shannon Millman started and took the loss in Game 2. Millman went the first 1 2/3 innings before being lifted for Lauren Dannelley, who gave up eight runs, four earned, on three hits and five walks, in 1/3 of an inning. Millman came back to pitch the final two innings, allowing just one run. Overall, Millman 23n5 3 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and nine runs, seven earned. She walked none and struck out three.
Megan Low, who homered in the opener, had two home runs in the second game for UTSA.
The series wraps up with a single game at noon Sunday.
"We have to shake this off and be ready for Sunday," Bruder said.