March 30, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. – Mother Nature wasn’t kind to the Lamar Lady Cardinals on Saturday in an 8-2 loss to the Northwestern State Lady Demons in a Southland Conference softball game.
Lamar (15-21 overall, 6-6 Southland) was tied with Northwestern State at 1-1 after three innings when the game was delayed for nearly an hour due to lightning and a tornado warning. Things fell apart for the Lady Cardinals after play resumed as Northwestern hit four home runs to account for seven consecutive runs en route to the victory.
“It’s the same old story, we just didn’t hit enough,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “We had chances to score runs early, but didn’t capitalize. Things just got away from us in the end.”
Lamar opened the scoring in the first inning on Candyce Carter’s solo home run. It was Carter’s sixth of the season, tying her with Ashley McDowell for the team lead.
Northwestern State (26-8, 7-4) tied the game in the third when Natalie Landry doubled home Brianna Rodriguez. Lamar escaped the inning without further damage, but Mother Nature came calling at the end of the frame.
Northwestern State took the lead for good in the fourth on Brittany Virgoe’s solo homer. Cassandra Barefield’s solo blast made it 3-1 in the fifth before Virgoe hit a two-run shot and Landry added a three-run blast in the sixth to put the game away.
The Lady Cardinals got one run in the seventh when Shannon Millman drew a bases-loaded walk, but it wasn’t enough.
“We’re just not hitting,” Bruder said. “We had just three hits. That’s not going to cut it.”
Millman took the loss, allowing seven hits and five runs, all earned, over five-plus innings. Tina Schulz allowed three runs in one inning of relief. Kaylee Guidry (8-2) got the win in relief for Northwestern State.
Lamar is at Houston for a non-conference doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday before hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a three-game Southland Conference series next weekend. Tuesday’s doubleheader will air live at www.LamarCardinals.com.