March 3, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Lamar University softball team threw a scare into 19th-ranked Tulsa before dropping a 2-1 decision to the Golden Hurricane in the championship game of the UTA Maverick Invitational on Sunday.
“I think we’ve turned the corner,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “We’ve really come together as a team. If we keep playing like this, we’re going to win more games than we lose.”
Lamar starter Shannon Millman (3-5) was the hard-luck loser, allowing five hits and two runs, just one earned over 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander walked just one while striking out four.
“Shannon was just fantastic today,” Bruder said. “I couldn’t ask anything more from her.”
Tulsa (15-5) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Julie Kernen doubled home Lacey Middlebrooks. The Lady Cardinals (6-11) tied it in the top of the fourth on Candyce Carter’s leadoff home run.
Lamar had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh, but left the bases loaded.
The Golden Hurricane plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Jodi Edmiston hit a two-out single, stole second and scored when Millman knocked down Caitlin Everett’s hard smash only to have her hurried throw to first base go astray.
“That’s a tough way to lose, but we played a tremendous game,” Bruder said. “I haven’t been able to say it a lot this season, but we outplayed our opponents today. I am so proud of this team.”
Julianne Viator had two hits for Lamar. Aimee Creger (9-1), who came in with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, got the win for Tulsa.
Lamar returns to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts Prairie View A&M in a non-conference doubleheader at Ford Park. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715.