March 16, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Ashley Rey pitched 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief and the Lamar Lady Cardinals rallied from a 6-0 deficit for a 7-6 victory over host Stephen F. Austin in the opening game of a Southland Conference doubleheader Saturday.
Stephen F. Austin bounced back for a 3-1 win in the nightcap.
Rey (1-1) came in in the bottom of the fourth inning after SFA erupted for six runs in the frame off of starter Shannon Millman. Elizabeth Arana's bases-loaded triple was the big hit for SFA.
The Lady Cardinals (12-16 overall, 3-2 Southland) scored three times in the fifth inning, capitalizing on a two-out bases loaded error.
Lamar, which hadn't won this season when trailing after six innings, abruptly changed that trend in this one. The Lady Cardinals ripped out four hits in the inning, the final one being Stephanie Meeuwsen's two-out double to right field that scored Candyce Carter with the go-ahead run.
Rey set the side down in order to seal the win.
"We had some people step up with timely hits in the first game," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "That's something we haven't had all year, and I was happy to see us do that."
Tina Schulz had three of Lamar's 11 hits, while Carter and Julianne Viator added two hits apiece in the win.
Lamar took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of the second game, as Schulz led off the inning with a single, eventually coming in to score on Jenna Holland's single to left field.
SFA (7-18, 1-4) tied the game in the fourth on a Nicole Wooten RBI single. The Lady Jacks took the lead for good in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Shalie Day and a run-scoring single by Alexis Callan.
Shannon Millman (6-6) started and took the loss for Lamar, allowing seven hits and three runs, all earned, over 4 2/3 innings.
Angela White pitched a complete game for SFA, scattering five hits for the win.
The series concludes with a single game at SFA at 1 p.m. Sunday.
"We had such a high after the first game and then such a low after the second game," Bruder said. "Now we just have to come back Sunday and win the series. We have to want it more. It would have made it easier had we won the second game. The rubber game of the series is always a battle."