April 21, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Shannon Millman’s strong effort wasn’t enough for the Lamar Lady Cardinals in a 5-0 loss to McNeese State in a Southland Conference softball game Sunday.
Millman (14-12) allowed four hits and three runs over five innings, but the Lady Cardinals (21-29 overall, 11-10 Southland) suffered their first three-game conference sweep this season.
Millman allowed just one hit over the first four innings, falling behind 1-0 after issuing a bases-load walk with two outs in the first inning. That was enough for McNeese State starter Meagan Bond (17-4), who tossed a complete-game two-hitter.
“Shannon pitched well,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “We just never got our bats going all weekend.”
McNeese State (35-11, 16-3) added to its lead in the fifth inning with a pair runs. The Cowgirls opened the inning with a pair of hits to put runners on second and third. Millman surrendered a sacrifice fly to Marissa Koetting to make it 2-0. Schulz came in to replace Millman and quickly surrendered a run-scoring double to Taylor Goree to make it 3-0. Schulz gave up a pair of runs in the sixth before Millman came back in to close the frame.
Lamar’s best chance came in the fourth inning. The Lady Cardinals had runners on first and second with one out, but Bond got Jenna Holland to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Stephanie Meeuwsen and Schulz had the hits for Lamar.
With the loss, Lamar fell into a virtual tie for fourth place with Central Arkansas in the conference. The Bears, who are 10-9 in the conference, lead the Lady Cardinals by percentage points.
That tie should be broken this weekend when Lamar visits Central Arkansas for a three-game series, with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday and a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
“That’s going to be a huge series,” Bruder said. “We have to hit better than we did this weekend.”
Prior to the series with Central Arkansas, Lamar hosts Texas State in a non-conference game at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Ford Park.