March 30, 2014
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals certainly had their chances Sunday; they just couldn't capitalize on them.
The Lady Cardinals stranded 11 runners in an 8-3 loss to host Sam Houston State as the Bearkats completed a sweep of Lamar in a three-game Southland Conference softball series. Eight of those stranded runners were left in scoring position.
Lamar (12-14 overall, 7-4 Southland) outhit the Bearkats 11-9, but Sam Houston State (18-17, 7-5) used timely hitting to take advantage of their opportunities. Sam Houston State stranded just three runners on the day.
The Bearkats took advantage of a Lamar error and a misread fly ball to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning off of Lamar starter Tina Schulz (5-7). Tori Koerselman opened the game by reaching on an error. Koerselman scored on a two-out double by Hillary Adams that sailed over the head of an onrushing Jenna Holland. Tiffany Castillo followed that with a two-run home run.
Casey Cromwell put Lamar on the board with a solo home run to lead off the third, but the Lady Cardinals couldn't push any more across in the frame despite loading the bases with no outs.
Sam Houston State added two more in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead before cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth, but LU left two more runners on in that frame. The Bearkats then put things away with three runs off of reliever Lauren Dannelley in the sixth inning.
Candyce Carter had three hits for Lamar, while Cromwell, Beverly Corry and Schulz added two hits apiece.
Schulz went three innings, allowing five hits and five runs, two earned. Dannelley allowed three hits and three runs, one earned over 2 13 innings. Shannon Millman pitched 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief.
Shelby Lancaster (5-5) got the win with five innings of relief of starter Haley Baros. Lancaster allowed six hits and two runs, one earned.
Lamar returns to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a non-conference game at Baylor. That game will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com. The Lady Cardinals host Houston Baptist in a three-game conference series starting April 5 at Ford Park.