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GO CARDINALS Candyce Carter became Lamar's all-time RBI leader.
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Candyce Carter became Lamar's all-time RBI leader.
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April 12, 2014

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ABILENE, Texas - Shannon Millman and Candyce Carter each had record-setting days as the Lamar Lady Cardinals earned a split of a Southland Conference softball doubleheader at Abilene Christian on Saturday.

Carter drove in four runs in an 11-6 win in the opener, giving her 53 RBIs for her career, moving past Donna Dugas (1984-87) for the all-time school record. Millman struck out 10 in the nightcap, making her the first Lady Cardinal ever to surpass the 200-strikeout plateau for a career, but Abilene Christian rallied for a 3-2 win.

Lamar (18-16) fell behind by scores or 2-0 and 4-2 in the opener before erupting for six runs in the top of the fourth to break the game open. Carter's three-run homer highlighted the inning.

Julianne Viator had three hits in the first game for Lamar, while Carter, Casey Cromwell and Stephanie Meeuwsen added two hits apiece. Tina Schulz (8-8) pitched a complete game for Lamar.

Lyndi Smith had a two-run home run for Abilene Christian. Reliever Emily Seidel took the loss, allowing eight hits and eight runs in three innings.

Millman (7-8) was the hard-luck loser in Game 2. The left-hander retired the first 11 batters she faced before Madison Buckley reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. Smith then tripled to left-center to break the shutout bid.

Lamar took a 1-0 lead in the first without the benefit of a hit, thanks to some wildness by starter Hannah Null (11-7), who walked three batters and uncorked a wild pitch.

Lamar made it 2-0 in the fourth on a solo home run by Beverly Corry.

Lamar carried a 2-1 lead into the seventh before things fell apart for the Lady Cardinals. Smith was credited with a single when her pop fly eluded second baseman Brynn Baca. Courtney Flanary was given a single when her bunt attempt went off the glove of Ashley McDowell and rolled into foul territory putting runners at second and third. Millman then walked Anna Jones to load the bases.

Demi McNulty bounced to Cromwell a third, who threw home to retire Ashley Nolan, who was running for Smith before Cara Hoover hit a pinch-hit double to left field to score two runs and end the game and Lamar's six-game winning streak. The win boosted Abilene Christian's record to 17-21 overall and 6-4 in the Southland.

Null, who gave up three hits and two runs over 2 1/3 innings as the starter in Game 1, tossed a two-hitter in Game 2.

"It's disappointing that we couldn't finish that second game," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "Shannon pitched a great game, but we didn't make the plays we needed to."

Bruder was also disappointed in the Lamar offense, which had 12 hits in the opener before being held to just two in the second game.

"I know we are a better hitting team than that," she said.

Despite the loss, Lamar remains one game behind conference-leading McNeese State, which split with Incarnate Word on Saturday. The Lady Cardinals are tied for second place with Sam Houston State.

Lamar is at Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. Sunday for the final game of the series before opening a seven-game homestand with a non-conference doubleheader against Houston at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ford Park.

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