March 1, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Lamar University softball team rapped out seven hits in each game Friday, but the Lady Cardinals went 0-2 on the first day of the UTA Maverick Invitational.
Lamar (5-9) fell to 19th-ranked Tulsa by a 7-4 score before dropping a 10-3 decision to Creighton.
The Lady Cardinals put a scare into Tulsa from an early 4-0 deficit to tie the game at 4 thanks to two-run homers by Ashley McDowell and Candyce Carter in the top of the fifth. Tulsa (13-4) quickly responded with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to claim the victory.
McDowell and Casey Cromwell had two hits apiece for Lamar. Tina Schulz (2-2) took the loss in relief.
Creighton (7-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. Lamar cut the lead to 4-2 in the third on a two-run double by Beverly Corry, but Creighton scored four in the top of the fourth to salt the game away.
Shannon Millman (3-3) started and took the loss.
"We got some timely hitting that kept us in the game against Tulsa and got us back into the game against Creighton," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "But our pitching and our defense let us down. We gave up 26 hits in two games. That's way too much. We also made an error in each game that led to unearned runs. That's not going to cut it at this level."
Lamar returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when it meets UT Arlington in the final game of the round-robin portion of the tourney. The semifinals are set for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, with the consolation game at 10 a.m. Sunday and the championship game at noon.
"Hopefully, we can get a win in the first game tomorrow and go into the semifinals as the No. 3 seed," Bruder said. "It would be disappointing to be the fourth seed."