April 1, 2014
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WACO, Texas - Stephanie Meeuwsen tied a school record as the Lamar Lady Cardinals gave the 13th-ranked Baylor Lady Bears all they could handle before dropping a 6-1 decision in a non-conference softball game Tuesday night.
Meeuwsen drew three bases on balls on the night as she became the fourth player in Lamar's modern era of softball to walk three times in a game. Meeuwsen scored Lamar's only run in the game.
Lamar (12-15) fell behind 4-0 after two innings, but pitchers Tina Schulz and Lauren Dannelley kept Baylor (28-6) in check the rest of the way.
Casey Cromwell, Candyce Cater and Julianne Viator had one hit apiece for Lamar. Carter's third-inning single extended her hitting streak to four games.
Baylor scored twice on just one hit in the first inning, with the only ball out of the infield being a sacrifice fly by Sarah Smith. The Bears made it 4-0 with a two-run home run by Linsey Hays in the second off of Schulz (5-8).
Baylor added two runs off of Schulz in the fifth to make it 6-0 before Lamar got on the board in the top of the sixth when Meeuwsen walked and eventually scored on a throwing error by reliever Heather Stearns, but Lamar could not inflict any further damage.
"I'm very happy with the way we played," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "We had a bad first inning, but we didn't fall apart. We had chances to score a few more runs, but we hurt ourselves with our base running. We did a lot of good things today. Now we just have to carry those over into the weekend."
Schulz took the loss, allowing six hits and six runs, four earned, in 4 13 innings. Dannelley pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit.
Liz Paul (3-0) started and got the win for Baylor, allowing two hits over four scoreless innings. Stearns allowed one hit and one unearned run over the final three innings for her third save.
Lamar hosts Houston Baptist in a crucial three-game Southland Conference series this weekend at Ford Park. The Lady Cardinals are 7-4 in the conference and tied for second place with Central Arkansas, one game behind McNeese State. HBU is 7-5 in conference play, tied for fourth place with Sam Houston State, a half-game behind Lamar.
The teams play a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Saturday and a single game at 2 p.m. Sunday. Saturday is Military Appreciation Day. The Lady Cardinals were wear special camouflage jerseys, and all military personnel receive free admission when in uniform or with a valid ID. Sunday is First Responders Day, with all police, fire and EMT personnel receiving free admission when in uniform or with a valid ID.
For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.