May 3, 2013
Lamar's Game Notes
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar University Lady Cardinals' last regular-season series will be their biggest as well as they look to earn a berth into next week's Southland Conference Tournament.
The Lady Cardinals (21-33 overall, 11-13 Southland) host the Houston Baptist Huskies (15-24, 6-17) in a three-game set at Ford Park that begins with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday and ends with a single game at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Lamar is still alive for a berth in the tournament, but needs some help. If the Lady Cardinals win two games this weekend, they would need McNeese State to sweep its series at Nicholls and/or Stephen F. Austin to sweep its three-game series against visiting Southeastern Louisiana. Should the Lady Cardinals earn a three-game sweep this weekend, Nichols and/or Stephen F. Austin would need to win two games this weekend. Lamar would fail to qualify for the tourney with less than two wins this weekend.
"It all comes down to this weekend," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. "We want to sweep the series, but we know we have to take it one game at a time. You can't play Game 3 before Game 1."
Lamar looks to snap a seven-game losing streak while putting an end to Houston Baptist's four-game winning streak in the process.
"I think we can score some runs," Bruder said of her team that is hitting .269 in Southland play. "We have to keep them off the bases. Our hitters have done a good job all year. Now they have to do a great job. And our pitchers have to follow."
Candyce Carter leads Lamar in hitting with a .340 average. Stephanie Meeuwsen, who is hitting .305 on the season, is hitting a team-best .355 in Southland Conference play.
Houston Baptist is batting .295 overall and .292 in conference play. The Huskies are led by Lauren Schwirtlich, who is batting .444 and Kirsten Schwirtlich, who is hitting .368 with a team-best 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.
"Houston Baptist has some very good hitters," Bruder said. "Our pitchers have to step up and our defense has to make the plays to support them."
Saturday will be Military Appreciation Day. Active and retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid ID will be admitted for free. The Lady Cardinals will wear special camouflage jerseys as a tribute to the military. Sunday is Youth Jersey Day, with youngsters wearing their team's jersey admitted for free.
Tickets are available by calling (409) 880-1715 or at the Montagne Center ticket office during regular business hours. Tickets will be available at Ford Park one hour before first pitch each day on a cash-only basis.