Softball hits the road for 5 games

GO CARDINALS Shortstop Stephanie Meeuwsen leads Lamar with 50 assists this season.
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Shortstop Stephanie Meeuwsen leads Lamar with 50 assists this season.
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March 25, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals put their eight-game winning streak on the line when they open a five-game road swing with a non-conference contest at Texas State at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Lamar (12-10) comes in off a three-game Southland Conference series sweep of Central Arkansas that put the Lady Cardinals in sole possession of first place in the conference. It is the first time ever that the Lady Cardinals have held sole possession of first place.

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April 23, 2013
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Softball falls to Texas State in 10 innings
Stephanie Meeuwsen had three hits, but the Lamar Lady Cardinals dropped a 5-4 decision in 10 innings to visiting Texas State in a non-conference softball game at Ford Park on Tuesday.

"We're playing well right now, and I want to keep this momentum going," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "Texas State is a good team, and this will be a good measure of how much we have improved."

Texas State (18-15) comes in having been swept in a three-game non-conference series at Texas Tech. The Bobcats are 9-4 at home this season.

Timishia North leads Texas State with a .337 batting average, while Courtney Harris hits .330. Kendall Wiley has a team-leading 23 RBIS for the Bobcats, and is in a three-way tie for the team lead with four home runs.

Rayn House (15-10, 2.12) has handled the bulk of the pitching duties for Texas State. House has had the decision in each of the last nine games for the Bobcats, going 4-5 in that span.

Tina Schulz, who was named the Southland Conference's Hitter of the Week for the second straight week on Monday, leads Lamar in hitting (.379), runs scored (16), RBIs (20), home runs (6), stolen bases (4) and slugging percentage (.759). Schulz also leads Lamar in ERA (4.00) to go along with a 5-5 record.

As a team, Lamar's slugging percentage of .501 is 10th in the nation.

Stephanie Meeuwsen is hitting .368 for Lamar. Beverly Corry (.362), Casey Cromwell (.344) and Ashley McDowell (.308) are the other Lamar starters hitting better than .300. As a team, Lamar's .305 batting average is tops in the Southland Conference.

"Everybody in the lineup can hit," Bruder said. "We have somebody every game stepping up to be a leader. We don't rely on just one or two people."

Following Wednesday's game, Lamar is at Sam Houston State for a three-game conference series on Saturday and Sunday before ending the road swing with a non-conference game at Baylor on April 1.

Wednesday's game at Texas State and the entire three-game series at Sam Houston State will be broadcast live at www.LamarCardinals.com.

The Lady Cardinals return home to host Houston Baptist in a three-game conference series at Ford Park on April 5-6.

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