Softball heads to Abilene Christian

GO CARDINALS Beverly Corry leads Lamar with a .360 batting average.
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Beverly Corry leads Lamar with a .360 batting average.
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April 10, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals, winners of five straight, head to Abilene Christian for a three-game Southland Conference softball series this weekend.

The Lady Cardinals (17-15 overall, 10-4 Southland) enter the weekend in second place in the conference, one game behind McNeese State, but just one game ahead of Sam Houston State with 12 conference games remaining. The top six teams qualify for next month's Southland Conference Tournament in Hammond, La., with the top two teams receiving first-round byes.

"Every game is important," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "Our goal is to win every series, so that we have a good seed in the tournament."

Abilene Christian (16-20, 5-3) returned to the Division I ranks this season after a number of years as a Division II program. As part of its transition back to Division I, ACU is not eligible for postseason play this season.

Taylor Brown leads ACU with a .407 batting average, while Ashley Nolan is hitting .403. Lyndi Smith has team-leading totals of seven home runs and 30 RBIs. As a team, the Wildcats are hitting .315.

Right-handers Hannah Null (10-7, 2.75) and Peyton Mosley (4-9, 5.92) have combined for 30 of Abilene Christian's 36 starts.

"We can't take Abilene Christian lightly," Bruder said. "Their offense is very productive. We have to put some runs on the board early."

The Lady Cardinals enter the weekend hitting .303 as a team, including a .310 mark in Southland play. Beverly Corry leads five Lamar regulars hitting better than .300 with a .360 batting average. Corry is second on the team with 22 RBIs and tied for second with Casey Cromwell with six home runs.

Cromwell is hitting .353, while Tina Schulz has team-best numbers of seven home runs and 24 RBIs to go along with a .337 batting average.

Candyce Carter (.317, 4 HR, 18 RBIs) has 49 RBIs for her career, tying her with Donna Dugas (1984-87) for the all-time Lamar record. Corry is just behind them with 47 RBIs.

Schulz (7-8, 3.67) leads Lamar in ERA and is tied with Shannon Millman (7-7, 4.18) for the team lead in wins. Millman, who holds the Lamar school record for career strikeouts, needs five to reach 200 for her career.

The series opens with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday and wraps up with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both of Saturday's games will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com.

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