April 13, 2014
ABILENE, Texas – A lightning delay is just what the Lamar Lady Cardinals need to put some energy back into their offense.
Lamar scored five runs after a fifth-inning delay to break open a 5-4 game as they rolled to a 10-7 victory over host Abilene Christian in a Southland Conference softball game on Sunday.
The game was halted with the Lamar having the bases loaded with two outs and a 3-0 count on Juliane Viator. After a 35-minute delay, Viator drew an RBI walk as did Jenna Holland Stephanie Meeuwsen to boost the Lamar lead to 8-4.
Ashley McDowell added a two-run double in the sixth to give the Lady Cardinals (19-16 overall, 12-5 Southland) a 10-4 lead.
Abilene Christian (17-22, 6-5) made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a three-run home run by Lyndi Smith, but it was too little, too late for the Wildcats.
Tina Schulz had two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Lamar offense. McDowell had two hits and two RBIs, while Candyce Carter added a two-run double for the Lady Cardinals.
The Lady Cardinals had nine hits on the day, but took advantage of 11 walks and two hit batters to score in double figures for the third time in the last four games.
“We had a good approach at the plate today,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “We were patient, and when we got a good pitch to hit, we took advantage of it.”
Shannon Millman (8-8) was the beneficiary of the Lamar offensive explosion. The left-hander allowed two hits and four runs, three earned, over four innings. She had a no-hit bid going until Ashley Nolan hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the third to cut the Lamar lead to 4-3.
pitched the final three innings for her first career save.
The win allowed Lamar to move back into sole possession of second place in the conference, one game behind McNeese State, and one game ahead of Sam Houston State, which lost at Houston Baptist.
Lamar opens a seven-game homestand by hosting Houston in a non-conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ford Park. The Lady Cardinals close out the home portion of their Southland Conference schedule when Texas A&M-Corpus Christi comes to Ford Park for three games. That series opens with a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Friday followed by a single game at 2 p.m. Saturday, which will be Senior Day.
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