Sept. 22, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas - Softball's return to Lamar was a resounding success Saturday, as the Lady Cardinals claimed a win and a tie over Texas Woman's University in front of a standing-room only crowd at Ford Park.
The doubleheader of fall exhibition games marked the first two contests for Lamar, which revived the program after dropping the sport in 1987. The first game ended in a 6-6 tie after eight innings, while Lamar claimed an 8-5 win in the nightcap.
"I saw some good things and some things we need to work on," Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. It's good to get these first two games under our belt."
No official statistics were kept, but Bruder mentioned that some players really stood out.
"Stephanie Meeuwsen really hit the heck out of the ball," Bruder said." Marissa LeJune also did a good job at the plate. I saw some good things from our starting pitchers, Tina Schulz and Shannon Millman, who were strong."
Bruder said the Lady Cardinals have to cut down on their mistakes.
"I had us for 10 errors, which is way too much," she said. "We were swinging at the wrong pitches too often, but we settled down and started to do the right thing more often.
Lamar returns to action at 6 p.m. Friday when it hosts Northwood in a single game at Ford Park. Admission to all home games this fall is free.