Softball sweeps HBU

GO CARDINALS Lauren Dannelley picked up her first conference win.
GO CARDINALS
Lauren Dannelley picked up her first conference win.
GO CARDINALS

April 5, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals pounded out five home runs on the day en route to a doubleheader sweep of Houston Baptist in a Southland Conference softball doubleheader at Ford Park on Saturday.

Lamar (15-15 overall, 10-4 Southland) homered three times in a 9-5 win in the opener, and added two more round-trippers in a 9-2 victory in the nightcap. The wins kept Lamar all alone in second place in the conference, a half-game behind McNeese State.

Lauren Gambone was the hitting star in the opener, with two home runs and three RBIs. Jenna Holland added a solo home run for Lamar.

The Lady Cardinals trailed 4-3 before breaking the game open with four runs in the fourth and one more in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Lauren Dannelley (2-0) picked up her first conference win with 3 2/3 innings in relief of starter Shannon Millman. Dannelley allowed three hits and one run, walking two and striking out a career-high six.

"Lauren Dannelley was tremendous," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "We've gained a lot more confidence in her. She was a big reason we won that game."

Lauren Schwirtlich homered for Houston Baptist (11-20, 7-8). Kendall Stiefel (3-8) started and took the loss for the Huskies, allowing five hits and seven runs, five earned, in 3 1/3 innings.

The Lady Cardinals wasted no time in getting on the board in the nightcap, erupting for seven runs in the first inning off of starter Shannon O'Connor (2-6), keyed by Beverly Corry's grand slam. Candyce Carter added a two-run homer in the third inning for Lamar.

Lamar was one out away from ending the game after five innings via the mercy rule, before the Huskies used a couple of infield hits to score two runs off of Lamar starter Tina Schulz (7-8).

Schulz went all seven innings, scattering 10 hits, as Lamar improved to 6-0 all-time against HBU.

"This was a great way to bounce back after being swept at Sam Houston State last weekend," said Bruder, who earned career win 299. "That's the sign of a good team. We're really starting to believe in ourselves."

Lamar returns to action at 3 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Alcorn State in a non-conference doubleheader at Ford Park. The Lady Cardinals travel to Abilene Christian for a three-game conference series next weekend.

"We want to keep it going," Bruder said. We have to build off of this weekend."

For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com. Tickets are available at Ford Park one hour prior to first pitch on a cash-only basis.

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