Feb. 23, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – The Lamar University softball team dropped a pair of contests to nationally ranked teams at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational on Saturday.
Lamar (4-7) fell to No. 24 Tulsa by an 11-3 score in the final game of round-robin play before bowing to sixth-ranked Texas by a 9-1 score in the semifinals. Lamar will meet Utah State in the consolation game at noon Sunday.
“We made too many errors,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “We made three errors in each game. You can’t do that against good teams.”
The Lady Cardinals had their bats going early against Tulsa. Lamar took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Casey Cromwell scored on Candyce Carter’s double. Tulsa erupted for four runs, just two earned in the bottom of the inning, an outburst highlighted by Samantha Cobb’s two-run home run.
Lamar came right back with two in the top of the second on two-run double, but Tulsa scored four unearned runs in the third to make it 8-3 and end the day for starter Shannon Millman (3-2), who allowed nine hits and eight runs, two earned, in three innings. Reliever Melissa Smith allowed three runs, two earned in one inning to make it 11-3. The game ended after 4 12 innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
Carter had two of Lamar’s five hits in the game.
Texas (15-1) jumped out to an early lead against the Lady Cardinals, chasing Smith (0-4), who lasted just four batters, retiring one, as the Longhorns took a 3-0 lead in the first. Texas added four more in the second off reliever Tina Schulz in the second to make it 7-0.
Schulz settled down after that, holding Texas scoreless for the next two innings and getting Lamar on the board with her first home run of the season, a mammoth blast over the wall in left-center in the top of the fifth.
Texas ended the game in the bottom of the fifth, wrapping up the game when Taylor Thom greeted Millman, who had just come on in relief of Schulz with an RBI double that plated Taylor Hoagland to give the Longhorns the mercy-rule win.
Kim Bruins (4-0) pitched a complete game for the win for Texas, allowing three hits while striking out five.
“We just have to bounce back on Sunday,” Bruder said. “We have to learn from this and get better.”
Sunday’s game will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com.