Softball set to host Islanders in key conference series

GO CARDINALS Holly Bruder will coach her 500th career game Saturday.
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Holly Bruder will coach her 500th career game Saturday.
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April 5, 2013

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals look to move up in the Southland Conference softball standings when they host the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in a three-game series at Ford Park this weekend.

The series opens with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday and concludes with a single game at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Lamar (15-23 overall, 6-6 Southland) is in a four-way tie for fifth place in the 10-team conference with 15 conference games remaining. The top six teams make the conference tournament.

"This is definitely a big weekend for us," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said.  "It's a series we have to win."

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-26, 2-10) is in last place in the conference, but snapped a 10-game losing streak by taking the middle game of a three-game series against second-place Southeastern Louisiana last weekend.

"We have to be ready to play both days," Bruder said. "You can't take any team lightly. Everybody has to contribute."

Lamar enters the weekend on a four-game losing streak, dropping the final two games of last weekend's series at Northwestern State before falling in both ends of a doubleheader at Houston on Thursday.

The Lamar offense is led by Candyce Carter's .377 batting average. Carter tied a school record when she belted her seventh home run of the season on Thursday. Carter also leads Lamar with 19 RBIs.

Left-hander Shannon Millman (9-10, 4.47, 1 save) and righty Tina Schulz (4-8, 4.47) are Lamar's likely starters.

The Islanders are led offensively by Meagan McKinney, who is batting .297 with team bests of three home runs and 16 RBIs. Right-handers Constance Brandenburg (4-11, 4.52) and Ashley Elicerio (2-12, 4.97) are the probable starters for the Islanders.

Saturday's game will be a milestone for Bruder, who will coach her 500th career game. She enters Saturday with a record of 275-224.

Saturday's doubleheader is Strike Out Cancer Day, with fans encouraged to wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness. The Lady Cardinals will don special pink uniforms for the promotion. On Sunday, all youth softball players will receive free admission if they wear their team jersey to the game. A link for video streaming of the games is available at www.LamarCardinals.com.

Tickets are available online at http://www.lamarcardinals.com/tickets/softball-tickets.html, or by calling (409) 880-1715. Tickets will be available at Ford Park one hour prior to first pitch on a cash-only basis.

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