April 30, 2014
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals ran into a juggernaut Wednesday, dropping a doubleheader to 24th-ranked Texas A&M by scores of 8-0 and 6-1.
Texas A&M (33-20) sophomore Katie Marks (14-5) twirled her first career no-hitter in the opener, needing just 67 pitches over five innings as the game was halted due to the mercy rule. Marks allowed just one base runner, hitting Brynn Baca with two out in the third inning. Center fielder Emily Albus helped preserve the no-hitter when she made a diving catch to rob Jenna Holland leading off the fifth inning.
Texas A&M took control early in the opener, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jenna Stark's two-run triple was the biggest hit of the inning.
Lamar starter Tina Schulz (9-13) took the loss, allowing nine hits and six runs, three earned, in three innings. Shannon Millman pitched the fourth inning for Lamar, allowing back-to-back home runs to Nicole Morgan and Jenna Stark before striking out the next three batters.
The Lady Cardinals (20-27) quickly made sure they would not be no-hit in the second game, as Casey Cromwell singled sharply to left with one out in the top of the first.
Lamar scored its run in the sixth inning when Beverly Corry singled and eventually scored when Julianne Viator reached on an error. The Lady Cardinals finished the game with four hits.
"I thought we made some adjustments in the second game," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "We put a scare into them when we left the bases loaded in the sixth inning."
Lamar starter Lauren Dannelley (3-2) pitched a complete game, allowing 10 hits and six runs, four earned.
"Lauren pitched a great game," Bruder said. "She held a great-hitting team like Texas A&M in check."
April Ryan had three doubles to lead the Texas A&M offense. Lauren Ainsley (2-1) held Lamar to two hits over four shutout innings for the win. Abby Donnell worked the final three innings, allowing two hits and an unearned run for her sixth save.
Lamar wraps up the regular season with a three-game Southland Conference series at McNeese State this weekend. The teams play a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Saturday and a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Lady Cardinals enter the weekend in fifth place in the conference, but most likely need at least one win to have a shot at earning a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament.
"We need to be focused from the first pitch on," Bruder said. "We have to treat every inning like it's the championship game."