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GO CARDINALS Beverly Corry became LAmar's all-time leader in home runs.
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Beverly Corry became LAmar's all-time leader in home runs.
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April 23, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals closed out the home portion of their 2014 schedule by splitting a doubleheader with Louisiana-Monroe in non-conference softball action at Ford Park on Wednesday night.

Lamar (20-22) claimed an 8-5 win in the opener before dropping a 9-5 decision in the nightcap.

"I saw some good things, but there are definitely some areas that I wasn't happy with," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "We are going to have to play better this weekend in a huge Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin."

Bruder was especially unhappy with her defense, which made three errors in the first game and five in the second game. It was the second time in a week the Lady Cardinals committed a school-record five miscues in one contest.

"We work on defense all the time in practice," Bruder said. "But you'd never know it. That's something we are going to have to clean up."

The errors didn't come back to haunt Lamar in the opener as the Lady Cardinals took advantage of 10 walks and a hit batter to go along with six hits to claim the victory. Casey Cromwell had a two-run home run in the first inning for Lamar, while Julianne Viator and Jenna Holland also drove in two runs apiece for Lamar. Starting pitcher Tina Schulz (9-11) was the beneficiary of the Lamar offensive output. Schulz allowed eight hits and five runs, only one earned, in getting the complete-game victory.

In the nightcap, Louisiana-Monroe (21-20) chased starter Shannon Millman (8-10) in the first inning, taking advantage of three walks to score four runs.

The Lady Cardinals cut the deficit to 4-3 in the second inning thanks to a solo homer by Beverly Corry and a two-run shot by Holland.  Louisiana-Monroe quickly responded with four unearned runs in the top of the third off reliever Lauren Dannelley, who was undermined by three Lamar errors in the frame.

Corry's home run was the 16th of her career, putting her atop the Lamar charts.

Lamar tried to battle back with a solo home run by Lauren Gambone in the sixth and a fielder's choice RBI by Cromwell in the seventh, but it was a classic example of too little, too late. Lamar's three home runs in the game tied a school single-game record.

"I thought Lauren did a great job in relief," Bruder said. "But you're not going to win many games when you make five errors."

Lamar, which is in third place in the Southland Conference with six games remaining, travels to SFA for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single-game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

"We definitely have to play better than the way we have been playing," Bruder said. "This is a huge weekend for us if we want to go to the conference tournament."

Saturday's doubleheader will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com.

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