Lady Lions defeat Sam Houston in home series

The Lady Lions softball team ended the series against Sam Houston State Lady Bearkats in defeat, but won the series overall.

The Lady Lions played Thursday, March 15, a double header, and Sunday, March 16 at North Oak Park, ending the series with a loss of 9-6, leaving them 7-8 overall and 3-3 in the Southland Conference.

Sophomore outfielder Katie Lacour reached on a single. Then junior middle infielder Vanessa Eng put a pair of runners on after a Bearkat error. Sophomore designated player Amber Sather followed with a single to score Lacour and put the Lady Lions on the board.
Junior third baseman Megan Moore followed Sather’s hit with a double into the left centerfield gap to plate Eng. One out later, Sather scored on a single to center by senior second baseman, Megan McCollum. Fritz followed with a three-run home run hitting over the left field fence.

According to Head Coach Pete Langlois, there were a few errors that caused the defeat for Sunday’s game.

“Today we kind of crumbled under pressure; and we made a couple of freshman mistakes behind the plate and out at short,” said Langlois. “When a big game is on the line like that you can’t play like a freshman, you have to play like a veteran and that is what hurt us a little bit.”

Langlois expressed how a few mistakes can cause a defeat, so our Lady Lions need to stay on their toes.

“We didn’t make the plays; you have to make the plays when they get out there,” said Langlois. “We didn’t, we made a couple of errors, we missed a couple of pitches and all those things have to come together to win. You can’t make any mistakes.”

Even though there were a few mistakes, they also showed strengths to challenge the Bearkats.

“There is no doubt our pitching and our hitting has been fine,” said Langlois. “We went out there and scored six runs.”

Sather felt like their strengths were shown throughout the game.

“I think we still fought to the end,” said Sather. “We started out great and strong, even though we got behind at the end, but we still fought to the last minute.”

Langlois shared the team’s room for improvement and strategies for tomorrow’s game.

“We are going to get back out because it is a short week,” said Langlois. “We are off on Monday’s practice and one day on Tuesday’s. We will work at the plate, have our pitchers throw a little bit and try to work some more people in the game. We have to get some experience for the other kids.”

Sather expressed what they would have to do for Wednesday’s game.

“We are going to come out here and put it to them, and get better for the rest of conference.”

The Lady Lions will be back at North Oak park to play Arkansas Pine Bluff for a double header starting at 3 p.m. For more information visit lionsports.net.