Feb. 16, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. – The Lamar University softball team fell below the .500 mark for the first time this season after dropping a pair of games at the Mardi Gras Invitational on Saturday.
The Lady Cardinals suffered a 14-4 loss to Jackson State in their first game of the day before suffering their first shutout loss of the season, 8-0 to host South Alabama.
“It was a disappointing day,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “South Alabama is definitely a better team than we are, but we really didn’t play well against Jackson State.”
The Lady Cards were coming off a 3-2 win over Jackson State on Friday night.
Casey Cromwell belted a two-run home run in the loss to Jackson State (3-6), one of just three Lamar hits. Candyce Carter had the other two Lamar hits.
Melissa Smith took the loss to fall to 0-3.
Ashley McDowell and Jenna Holland had the only hits in the loss to South Alabama, as Jessica Dobson and Kaleigh Floore combined on the two-hitter for South Alabama (6-1).
“You’re not going to win too many games getting just two or three hits,” Bruder said. “We have to get our bats going.”
Lamar returns to action next weekend when it travels to the University of Texas for the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational.
“We are going to face some tough teams next weekend,” Bruder said. “Tulsa is loaded and Texas is always tough. We definitely have our work cut out for us.”