Feb. 26, 2014
Lamar's Game Notes
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar University softball team heads to Baton Rouge, La., for its second tournament in as many weeks when it takes part in the Purple & Gold Challenge at LSU starting Friday.
Lamar (1-6) will play two games against Iowa State (12-2) and one game each against Harvard (2-3), Jackson State (5-9) and 23rd-ranked LSU (12-5).
"It will definitely be a tough weekend," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "We're facing some good teams and a nationally ranked team. We have to get off to a better start than we have been."
The Last Meeting
February 16, 2013
The Lady Cardinals have been outscored 55-22 this season. Lamar has surrendered at least seven runs in five of its seven games this season.
""It seems like we have just one bad inning a game," Bruder said. "Right now, we're not hitting well enough to overcome those deficits."
Beverly Corry leads Lamar in hitting with a .412 batting average, while Stephanie Meeuwsen is hitting .350. As a team, the Lady Cardinals are hitting .231.
"We need to have better approaches at the plate," Bruder said. "That's one thing we've been working on this week."
Lamar opens tourney play at 9 a.m. Thursday against Iowa State. The Lady Cardinals take on Harvard at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. On Friday, Lamar takes on Jackson State at 2 p.m. and LSU at 7 p.m. Lamar wraps up its participation at 12:30 p.m. with a second meeting against Iowa State.
"We have to get moving in the right direction," Bruder said. "This is our last weekend before conference play starts. I want to see how we react."
Following this weekend's tournament, Lamar is at 22nd-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette at 6 p.m. March 6 for a single game that will be shown on ESPN 3 before opening its conference schedule and home schedule with a three-game series against Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park beginning with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. March 8.
"It will be nice to play at home," Bruder said. "But right now, we're focused on this weekend."