Softball faces tough task at Texas A&M

GO CARDINALS Beverly Corry has reached base in 20 straight games.
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Beverly Corry has reached base in 20 straight games.
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April 29, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals hope Wednesday's 4 p.m. non-conference doubleheader at No. 23 Texas A&M can prepare them for this weekend's crucial Southland Conference series at McNeese State.

"We're fortunate to be able to play a top-25 program," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said of the Texas A&M twin bill. "We can learn a lot from a program like that. It also gets us ready for the toughest conference series of the season."

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Lamar (20-25 overall, 12-11 Southland) is clinging to fifth place in the conference heading into the final three games of the SLC season. Lamar is a half-game ahead of Houston Baptist and one game ahead of Central Arkansas. The top six teams qualify for the tourney, set for May 8-10 in Hammond, La.

The Lady Cardinals' road to the tourney is made harder by the fact they close the season by facing McNeese State, which has already clinched the tournament's top seed.

"I think a team like Texas A&M is a perfect matchup for us to get ready for the toughest team in our conference," Bruder said. "We know we have a difficult week ahead of us."

The Lady Cardinals, who were in first place in the conference a few weeks back, have dropped nine of their last 10 games, including six straight conference games.

"We're not going to quit. We're going to keep fighting right to the end," Bruder said. "We've been slowed a little bit, but we have not been stopped."

Texas A&M (31-20) suffered a three-game SEC series sweep at Auburn over the weekend. The Aggies are led by Emily Albus, who is hitting .431 with 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts.

The Aggies have a .298 team batting average and have outscored their opponents 300-205 over 51 games this season. Katie Marks (13-5, 3.37) and Rachel Fox (12-10, 3.49) are the team's top two pitchers.

Beverly Corry leads Lamar in batting (.317), slugging percentage (.575) and on-base percentage (.447). Corry enters Wednesday's doubleheader having reached base in 20 consecutive games, tying the school record set earlier this season by Stephanie Meeuwsen.

"Beverly has been consistent for us all season," Bruder said.

Tina Schulz leads Lamar with 29 RBIs, two shy of the record set last season by Candyce Carter. As a team, the Lady Cardinals have scored 217 runs this season, seven short of the school-record 224 set last year.

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