Published 12:03 am Monday, February 13, 2017

COLLEGE STATION — For the third time in as many days, the Lamar softball team dropped a heartbreaking decision to a school from one of the Power Five conferences, as the Cardinals were edged by 19th-ranked Texas A&M, 3-2, on the final day of the Aggie Classic on Sunday.

Over the weekend, the Cardinals (2-3) dropped a pair of one-run decisions to the host Aggies and a one-run decision to Ohio State. LU posted a pair of wins over Central Michigan at the tournament.

Sunday, Texas A&M took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, only to see the Cardinals respond in the top of the second when Shelby Hughston’s one-out, bases-loaded bunt scored Brittany Rodriguez to tie the game at 1. The Cardinals failed to push across any more in the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

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The Aggies (4-0) took the lead for good in the bottom of the third as Kaitlyn Alderink’s two-run single gave Texas A&M a 3-1 lead, chasing LU starter Ciara Luna (0-3) from the game. The LU bullpen held the Aggies scoreless the rest of the way, with Amie Cisneros throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings, while Laura Napoli worked 2/3 of an inning.

The Cardinals cut into the lead in the sixth inning when Paige Holmes lofted a sacrifice fly to score Sable Hankins, but LU could never push the tying run across, stranding the tying run on second base in the sixth inning and on third base in the seventh.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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