Softball heads to SFA for huge series

GO CARDINALS Beverly Corry has reached base in 17 straight games.
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Beverly Corry has reached base in 17 straight games.
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April 25, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals have their biggest Southland Conference series of the season this weekend as they travel to Stephen F. Austin for three games. The teams play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Lamar (20-22 overall, 12-8 Southland) enters the weekend in third place, three games behind league-leading McNeese State and one game behind second-place Sam Houston State with six games remaining. However, Lamar is just 2 ½ games ahead of sixth-place SFA, three games ahead of seventh-place Central Arkansas and 3 ½ games ahead of eight-place Southeastern Louisiana. The top six teams qualify for next month's Southland Conference Tournament in Hammond, La.

The Last Meeting
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March 17, 2013
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Softball drops series finale at SFA
One day after erupting for seven runs over the final three innings over Stephen F. Austin, the Lamar Lady Cardinals saw the tables turned as SFA scored 10 unanswered runs for an 11-2 win over Lamar in a Southland Conference softball game Sunday.

"This is a huge weekend for sure," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "We need to take care of business this weekend and not have to go to McNeese State on the last weekend of the season need wins or looking for help from some other games."

One area Bruder knows the Lady Cardinals have to shore up is their defense. Lamar has made at least one error in 10 consecutive games, and has 26 errors in its last eight contests.

"You can't keep making that many errors and expect to win," said Bruder, whose club is just 2-7 in its last nine games after having won six in a row. "We work on our defense at every practice, but you'd never know it."

Beverly Corry leads Lamar in batting (.319), slugging percentage (.593) and on-base percentage (.443). Corry moved into sole possession of the top spot on Lamar's all-time home run chart when she hit her 16th career blast in Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader split with Louisiana-Monroe.

Corry enters the weekend having reached base in 17 straight games, three shy of the school record set earlier this season by Stephanie Meeuwsen.

Casey Cromwell (.313), Meeuwsen (.310) and Candyce Carter (.301) are all hitting better than .300 for Lamar. Freshman Brynn Baca is hitting .341, but does not have enough plate appearances to qualify for the national or Southland Conference leaders.

Tina Schulz (9-11, 3.56) is expected to start two of the three games this weekend.

Shalie Day leads SFA (18-24, 9-10) in batting (.333), slugging percentage (.602) and on-base percentage (.456). As a team, the Ladyjacks are hitting .255, but just .242 in Southland Conference play.

Senior Carlie Thomas (12-12, 2.87) is expected to make two starts for the Ladyjacks.

Stephen F. Austin has a 10-7 advantage over Lamar dating back to 1984. SFA won two of three games from Lamar last season in Nacogdoches.

Both games of Saturday's doubleheader will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com. There will be no broadcast of Sunday's game.

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