April 7, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas – Jenna Holland had three hits and drove in three runs, including the game-winner as the Lamar Lady Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 Southland Conference softball win over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.
The victory gave the Lady Cardinals (18-23 overall, 9-6 Southland) their first three-game conference series sweep, with Lamar coming from behind in all three contests.
“You don’t always want to have to come back to win a game, but I’ll take it,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “It shows that we keep battling and never give up.”
Holland was 3-for-3 on the day for Lamar with a home run. Stephanie Meeuwsen went 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run for the Lady Cardinals. Shannon Millman (12-10) scattered 13 hits over seven innings, allowing four runs, three earned. Millman did not walk a batter and struck out six as she earned the win in all three games in the series.
“Shannon did a great job,” Bruder said. “It’s nearly impossible to get the win in all three games in a weekend. She deserves plenty of credit.”
The Lady Cardinals trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth before erupting for three runs, capping the rally when Holland singled to right with two outs to score Meeuwsen and Beverly Corry to give Lamar a 5-4 lead.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-29, 2-13) threatened in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, but Millman got Hayley Galloway to ground to second to end the game.
“We made the plays on defense when we needed to,” Bruder said. “We made some errors, but we didn’t let them hurt us.”
Lamar’s biggest defensive play came in the sixth inning when Jamise Jackson was gunned down at the plate while trying to score from first base on Valerie Perez’s double to right field.
“That was big,” Bruder said. “We didn’t get a good jump on the hit, but we hustled and made a great relay to get the out at the plate.”
The win kept Lamar in a tie for third place with Sam Houston State, a half-game behind second-place Northwestern State and two games behind league-leading McNeese State.
Ashley Elicerio (2-15) took the loss for the Islanders, allowing 10 hits and five runs, all earned, over six innings.
Lamar is at Texas A&M for a non-conference doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before hosting Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland Conference series next weekend at Ford Park. Tuesday’s doubleheader will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com.