Feb. 24, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – Tina Schulz pitched six strong innings and got just enough help from the Lamar offense as the Lady Cardinals claimed a 2-1 victory over Utah State in the consolation game of the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational on Sunday.
Schulz (2-1) allowed six hits and one run over six innings for Lamar (5-7) before giving way to Shannon Millman, who worked one scoreless inning for her first career save.
Utah State (0-15) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Rachael Hunsaker’s two-out triple to right plated Amburlyn Orozco. That would be the only blemish for Schulz, who walked just one while striking out three.
“Shannon did a great job today,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “She was getting ahead of hitters, and we played solid defense behind her.”
The Lady Cardinals responded in the bottom of the fifth. Lamar loaded the bases with two out before taking advantage of some wildness from Utah State starter Mandy Harmon (0-10). Harmon walked Beverly Corry to plate Ashley McDowell with the tying run before hitting Casey Cromwell to bring home Stephanie Meeuwsen with what proved to be the winning run.
“We got a little bit lucky,” Bruder said. “They gave us those runs. But we took advantage of it, and then came out and shut them down.”
Utah State threatened in the top of the seventh as Becca Walker led off with a double off Schulz. That prompted Lamar coach Holly Bruder to bring in Millman, who struck out the first two hitters she faced before getting Orozco to bounce back to the pitcher. Millman’s throw to McDowell at first base was off the mark, but McDowell made a great scoop to get the out to end the game.
McDowell’s scoop capped a solid defensive game for the Lady Cardinals, who played errorless ball for the game. The one run allowed marked the lowest total for a Lamar opponent this season.
Candyce Carter and Julianne Viator had two hits apiece for Lamar, which snapped a three-game losing streak, all to nationally ranked teams.
Lamar returns to action Friday at the UT Arlington Tournament.