May 6, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University senior Tina Schulz was named a first-team performer on the Southland Conference’s All-Conference softball team that was announced today.
Schulz, who earned the all-conference nod as a utility player, is just the third Lady Cardinals to earn first-team honors, and the first to do so since Lamar revived softball last season. Donna Dugas earned first-team honors in 1985 and 1987 and was the conference’s hitter of the year in 1986. Teresa Fuxa was a first-team choice in 1986.
Schulz set a Lamar record with 32 RBIs this season. She hit .273 and tied for the team lead with eight home runs. As a pitcher, she led Lamar with nine wins. She earned Southland Conference Hitter of the Week honors twice and Pitcher of the Week honors once, becoming the first player in four seasons to be named Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week in the same week.
Schulz ends her Lamar career third in career RBIs with 50 and fourth in home runs with 12. As a pitcher, her 14 wins are third on Lamar’s all-time list, as are her 276 innings pitched and 99 strikeouts.
“It’s great that we got a first-team all-conference player,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “I’m happy for Tina. She did a great job for us as a hitter and as a pitcher this season.”
Lamar senior Candyce Carter earned honorable mention all-conference status as an outfielder.
Carter hit .294 this past season, including a team-best .364 in Southland Conference play. Carter holds the Lamar career record for batting average at .318 and is the school record holder for career RBIs with 56. She is tied for second on the career home run list with 15.
“Candyce was a leader for us in her two years at Lamar,” Bruder said. “We know every team we played respected her.”
Lamar finished the season at 20-30 overall and 12-14 in the Southland Conference, missing out on a spot in the conference tournament by one game.
“Tina and Candyce helped make us a respectable program from Day 1,” Bruder said. “They helped lay the foundation for the future success of this program. We’re definitely going to miss them.”