March 28, 2014
Lamar's Game Notes
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals put their first-place status in the Southland Conference on the line when they travel to Sam Houston State this weekend.
Lamar (12-11 overall, 7-1 Southland) holds a half-game lead over McNeese State. Sam Houston State (15-17, 4-5) is in seventh place, 3 ½ games behind the Lady Cardinals. The teams play a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Saturday and a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com.
The Last Meeting
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May 10, 2013
Softball eliminated from Southland Tournament
The Lamar Lady Cardinals saw their bats come alive a little too late, rallying for three runs in the seventh inning in an 8-4 loss to Sam Houston State at the Southland Conference Softball Tournament.
The Bearkats are 7-5 at home this season, and are coming off of a doubleheader split with nationally ranked Baylor.
"Sam Houston State is a very good team," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "Splitting with Baylor proves that. Their record is deceptive because they have played a tough schedule so far."
Tayler Gray leads the Bearkats with a .356 batting average. She is tied for the team lead with six home runs and second with 20 RBIs. Hillary Adams has six homers and a team-best 22 RBIs, while Sarah Allison has also hit six home runs.
Haley Baros (7-8, 3.60) leads the Bearkats in wins and ERA, but is just 1-4 with a 3.55 ERA in Southland play. Shelby Lancaster (3-5, 4.07) is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in conference games.
Tina Schulz, the reigning two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, leads Lamar in batting (.383), home runs (6), RBIs (20) and slugging percentage (7.50). Schulz had a hit in Thursday's loss at Texas State to extend her hitting streak to nine games.
As a pitcher, Schulz is 5-5 with a team-best 4.00 ERA. Shannon Millman is 6-6 with a 4.32 ERA.
"This is a big weekend for us," Bruder said. "We have to bounce back from a tough game Texas State. We're in first place, and we know teams are looking to knock us off."
Dating back to 1984, Sam Houston State holds a 20-4 edge over Lamar in the all-time series. The teams split four games last season. Lamar won two of three from the Bearkats at Ford Park last season, but Sam Houston State got revenge with an 8-4 over Lamar in an elimination game at the Southland Conference Tournament.
Following the weekend series, Lamar is at Baylor for a non-conference game on Tuesday before hosting Houston Baptist in a three-game Southland Conference series April 5-6.