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LU softball sweeps pair

Lamar sports information

BEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals got complete games from starting pitchers Ciara Luna and Laura Napoli on Friday as they swept a doubleheader from visiting Northwestern State by scores of 5-1 and 5-4 to open the Southland Conference softball season.

Luna (2-7) tossed a three-hitter in the opener, while Napoli (4-6) scattered five hits in the nightcap as the Cardinals (9-13 overall, 2-0 Southland) improved to 33-10 all-time at the LU Softball Complex.

LAMAR 5, NSU 1

The Cardinals broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the bottom of the third inning on just two hits. Shelby Henderson and Sable Hankins each put down perfect bunts to score runs in the inning.

LU added an unearned run in the fourth as Brittany Rodriguez opened the inning with a bunt single before coming home on an error.

Northwestern State (9-15-1, 0-2) got on the board in the sixth inning when Micayla Sorosiak doubled home Brittany Jones with two outs. Luna retired the final four hitters to finish her gem. The senior right-hander walked three and struck out seven.

Rodriguez and Brynn Baca had two hits for LU. Northwestern State starter Mikayla Brown (4-6) took the loss, allowing three hits and four runs, all earned, in three innings. She walked five and did not strike out a batter.

LAMAR 5, NSU 4

The Cardinals fell behind 2-0 in the top of the third before responding with five runs in the home half of the inning before holding on for the victory.

Corina Thornton had the big hit in the inning, a two-run single. The Cardinals also pulled off a double steal, with Caitlin Terrazas scoring on the play to cap the rally.

Rodriguez had three hits for LU, while Baca and Thornton had two hits apiece in the win. Northwestern State starter Micaela Bouvier (0-2) took the loss, allowing nine hits and five runs, all earned, over six innings.

The teams are scheduled to finish their three-game conference series at 2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. If the game is postponed Saturday, it would be rescheduled for Sunday. The LU players will hold an autograph session after the game.

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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