March 19, 2013
HOUSTON – The Lamar Lady Cardinals couldn’t overcome a slow start in a 5-3 non-conference softball loss at Texas Southern on Tuesday.
The Lady Cardinals (12-18) fell into a 4-0 hole after one inning that they could climb all the way out of as they dropped their third straight game.
Lamar had just four hits on the game, highlighted by Jenna Holland’s first career home run, a blast that easily cleared the fence in left field. Holland’s homer, a two-run shot in the top of the sixth, pulled Lamar to within 4-3, but the Lady Cardinals failed to get a base runner the rest of the way.
Lamar starter Shannon Millman (6-7) took the loss allowing four runs, all earned, without retiring a batter. Tina Schulz pitched six innings of relief, scattering eight eights and allowed one run, none earned.
Jessica Haynes had the big hit for Texas Southern, a bases-loaded triple in the first inning that made it 3-0 just four batters into the game and chasing Millman. Haynes came into score on a Fitima Alvizo single to make it 4-0 after one inning.
Lamar got on the board in the second when Casey Cromwell’s sacrifice fly scored Holland. The scored stayed at 4-1 until Holland’s homer, but Texas Southern (14-5) added an unearned insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.
“This was a disappointing loss,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “We have to start hitting the ball better.”
The Lady Cardinals look to snap their skid when they open the home portion of their Southland Conference schedule when they host Sam Houston State in a three-game series at Ford Park. The teams meet in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Saturday and in a single game at 3 p.m. Sunday. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.