March 9, 2013
THIBODAUX, La. – Beverly Corry doubled and homered to lead the Lamar University softball team to its first Southland Conference win since dropping the program in 1987 with a 7-3 victory over host Nicholls in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Corry’s two-run home run in the top of the fourth gave Lamar (9-12 overall, 1-1 Southland) a 2-1 lead. The Lady Cardinals broke the game open with four runs in the top of the fifth inning, provide more than enough support for left-hander Shannon Millman (4-5), who pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and three runs, all earned, while striking out five.
The win was a bounce-back effort for the Lady Cardinals, who dropped a 9-3 decision in the opener. Lamar’s last Southland Conference win was an 8-7 decision in 10 innings in 1987 in Lamar’s last regular-season conference game.
Candyce Carter and Ashley McDowell also had two hits for Lamar in the win, with Carter getting a double and a triple.
“Candyce Carter Is hitting the ball really well right now,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “Our bats are starting to come around. We had 18 hits in two games today. Unfortunately, we didn’t get some timely hits. We left 17 runners on base, and that’s too many. But overall, I’m happy that we came back and got a win in the second game.”
Nicholls (8-12, 1-1) took command from the beginning in the opener, taking a 4-0 lead after three innings and adding five runs in the fourth to make it 9-1. Lamar added a single run in the fifth and sixth innings, but it was a case of too little, too late.
Stephanie Meeuwsen had two hits for Lamar in the opener.
(4-3) started and took the loss for Lamar, allowing five hits and three runs, two earned, in 1 1/3 innings.
“I think we were all pressing a little too much in the first game,” Bruder said. “We settled down after the first few innings.”
Lamar and Nicholls wrap up the three-game series with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
“Sunday’s game will be the most important game of the season so far,” Bruder said. “We need to win this series. This is a team that we will be fighting for a tournament berth with. This will be a new experience for our players, but we have to get the win.”
Following Sunday’s game Lamar returns home to host Bucknell in a non-conference doubleheader at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ford Park before heading to Stephen F. Austin for a three-game Southland Conference series next weekend.