Softball sweeps Alcorn State

GO CARDINALS Holly Bruder earned her 300th coaching victory.
GO CARDINALS
Holly Bruder earned her 300th coaching victory.
GO CARDINALS

April 9, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals made sure Wednesday was memorable for coach Holly Bruder.

The Lady Cardinals rolled to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Alcorn State by scores of 8-2 and 12-0 in a non-conference softball doubleheader at Ford Park, giving Bruder her 300th coaching victory in the process.

"It was great to do it at home." Bruder said of her milestone victory. "Hopefully, the next 300 are easier than the first."

Bruder got win No. 300 in the opener, thanks to a solid pitching effort from Shannon Millman (7-7), who struck out a season-high nine batters, and Candyce Carter, who drove in four runs.

Lamar (17-15) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first in the opener before breaking the game open with six runs in the sixth to take an 8-1 lead. Carter capped the sixth inning with her fourth home run of the season, a three-run blast over the left-field fence.

Jessie Gresley had a pair of solo home runs in the opener for Alcorn State (5-26).

In the nightcap, Lauren Dannelley (3-0) pitched her second shutout of the season, limiting Alcorn State to two hits while striking out a career-high nine in a game that was called after 4 ½ innings due to the mercy rule.

The Lady Cardinals scored in every inning in the nightcap, plating two in the first, five in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth.

Tina Schulz hit her team-leading seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot that easily cleared the left-center field wall in the second inning.

Carter added an RBI to give her 49 for her career, tying Donna Dugas for the all-time Lamar record.

"Good for Candyce," Bruder said. "Her bat is starting to come around."

Lamar, which is on a five-game winning streak, travels to Abilene Christian for a three-game Southland Conference series this weekend. The Lady Cardinals enter the series in sole possession of second place in the conference. The teams play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday and single game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturday's games will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com.

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