March 14, 2013
MONROE, La. – Stephanie Meeuwsen belted two home runs in one game, but the Lamar Lady Cardinals dropped both ends of a non-conference softball doubleheader at Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday.
Meeuwsen hit a pair of solo homers in the second game, a 6-3 Lamar loss. ULM (13-14) claimed a 5-1 win in the first game.
“It’s frustrating, because we can’t put all three aspects of our game; pitching, hitting, defense; together in the same game,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “It’s not easy to get off a slippery slope, but that’s what we are on right now.”
All four Lamar runs over the two games came via the solo home run. Casey Cromwell accounted for Lamar’s only run in the first game, while Beverly Corry also homered for the Lady Cardinals (11-15) in the second game.
“We’re not getting the big hits with runners on base,” Bruder said. “You would hope that when you hit three home runs in a game, you have a good chance to win.”
Ashley Rey (0-1) started and took the loss in the first game, allowing four hits and four runs, two earned, in 3 1/3 innings. Tina Schulz allowed (4-5) five hits and four runs, all earned, over the first two-plus innings to take the loss in the second game.
“It’s disappointing to lose both games of a doubleheader,” Bruder said. “We have to regroup and get ready for Saturday.”
The Lady Cardinals open a three-game Southland Conference series with Stephen F. Austin with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday. The series wraps up with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.