March 20, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas – This weekend’s Southland Conference series against Central Arkansas is arguably the biggest series for the Lamar Lady Cardinals since softball returned to Lamar last season.
Lamar hosts Central Arkansas in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and in a single game Sunday at Ford Park.
The Lady Cardinals (9-10 overall, 4-1 Southland) and Central Arkansas (14-17, 4-1) are tied for first place in the conference. Although it’s early in the season, Lamar coach Holly Bruder is excited that her team is fighting for the top spot in the conference.
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“Central Arkansas is a good team that can really hit,” Bruder said. “We’re fighting for first place. Let’s see what happens.”
The Lady Cardinals enter the weekend on a four-game winning streak. Lamar swept a non-conference doubleheader at Southern and a conference twin bill from Nicholls last week. The third of a three-game series against Nicholls was washed out. Lamar got a big lift from senior Tina Schulz, who was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week after batting .538 with three home runs and 8 RBIs to go along with a 2-0 pitching record with a 0.54 ERA.
Lamar has five starters hitting better than .300, led by catcher Beverly Corry, who is hitting .373 with a team-best four home runs. Casey Cromwell (.346), Stephanie Meeuwsen (.333), Schulz (.314) and Ashley McDowell (.306) are also above the .300 mark. Schulz leads Lamar with 13 RBIs.
As a team, Lamar is hitting .299 overall and .338 in Southland play.
Shannon Millman and Schulz are both 4-5 as pitchers. Millman is 3-0 in conference play, while Schulz is 1-1.
Briana Whisenhunt leads Central Arkansas with a .402 batting average. Jessie Taylor has team bests of five home runs and 31 RBIs. Kylee Studioso (7-5, 3.68) and Ciara Clampitt (3-7, 3.74) handle the bulk of the pitching duties.
‘Central Arkansas is very aggressive offensively,” Bruder said. “They come right at you.”
Fans attending this weekend’s games can get hot dogs for just $1 each thanks to Rich Courville of Courville’s Catering. The tickets will be available in the tailgating area of the Ford Park parking lot.
For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com. Tickets are available at Ford Park on a cash-only basis starting one hour prior to first pitch.