Softball drops two to Houston

GO CARDINALS Ashley McDowell had two hits in the first game for Lamar.
Ashley McDowell had two hits in the first game for Lamar.

April 16, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - A lack of timely hitting proved to be the downfall for the Lamar Lady Cardinals as they dropped both ends of a non-conference softball doubleheader to visiting Houston on Wednesday night.

The Lady Cardinals (19-18) stranded six runners in a 5-2 loss in the opener before standing nine runners in a 7-1 loss in the nightcap. Lamar stranded eight runners over the first three innings in the second game.

"We had our chances," lamented Lamar coach Holly Bruder. "In the second game, we left the bases loaded in the first and second innings, and left two more in the third. If we can get a timely hit, it's a different game."

In the opening game, Lamar took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a first-inning RBI single by Candyce Carter. Lamar trailed 3-2 heading into the seventh inning before pinch hitter Kris Davila's two-run double gave the Cougars (28-12) some insurance.

Diedre Outon (13-5) scattered five hits to get the win for Houston. Tina Schulz (8-9) started and took the loss for Lamar, allowing six hits and three runs over five innings.

Ashley McDowell had two hits for Lamar in that first game.

The Lady Cardinals had just two hits in the second game, but couldn't capitalize on the wildness of Houston starter Julana Shrum (10-4), who walked six batters and hit another.

The Lamar defense did no favors for starter Shannon Millman (8-9) or reliever Lauren Dannelley, setting a modern era record with five errors in the second game.

Haley Outon provided the offense for Houston with a three-run home run and an RBI triple. Lauren Gambone had the only RBI for Lamar, drawing a first-inning bases-loaded walk to score Casey Cromwell.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't hit better, but give Houston credit. They are a good team," Bruder said. "That's the best team to come to Ford Park since we brought softball back. Playing teams like this will definitely help us get ready for our remaining Southland Conference games."

The Lady Cardinals, who are all alone in second place in the conference, return to action at 4 p.m. Friday when they host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a conference doubleheader at Ford Park. The two teams meet again at 2 p.m. Saturday on Lamar's Senior Day.

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