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GOMNESS TOSSES 1-HIT WIN OVER CARDINALS

Lamar sports information

BEAUMONT — Lamar’s Shelby Henderson singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the seventh to spoil the no-hit bid of Kayla Gomness, but the Cardinals dropped a 2-0 decision to the visiting Central Arkansas Bears in a Southland Conference softball game on Saturday.

It was the second one-hitter of the weekend for Gomness, who was outdueled on Friday by LU’s Ciara Luna, who threw a one-hitter of her own in a 2-0 LU win. Saturday was another pitcher’s duel between the right-handers as the Bears salvaged the final game of the series after being swept by the Cardinals in Friday’s doubleheader.

“One hit in the seventh inning isn’t going to win us a ball game,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “Our pitchers did their jobs, but we have to do a better job on offense.”

Central Arkansas (17-29 overall, 7-11 Southland) took a 1-0 lead in the Central inning as Kate Myers hit a one-out triple to right-center before scoring on an RBI grounder by Krissy Fontillas.

Gomness retired the first nine batters she faced before issuing a leadoff walk to Ashley McDowell in the fourth inning, but McDowell could not advance.

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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