Three Lady Cards earn honors

Wenny Chang (top), Laura Napoli (bottom right) and JaMeisha Edwards

Jr. Cardinals spring party set for this Saturday

A spring party will be held for all Jr. Cardinals on Saturday, April 18 at the Softball Complex beginning at noon. There will be Chick-fil-A, a bounce house, games and a chance to hang out with the Lamar mascots, Big Red and Lu.

Those wanting to become a Jr. Cardinals member, visit lamarkidsclub.com or call (409) 880-8128.

Softball

Freshman right-hander Laura Napoli was named the Southland Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week on April 13.

Napoli went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA over the week to earn the award for the second time this season, pitching three complete-game victories and earning a nonconference win against Alcorn State and two Southland Conference wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Her only loss was in a relief effort at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

For the season, Napoli is 15-11 with a 3.59 ERA. Her 15 wins are just two shy of the Lamar single-season record.

“Laura had a great week,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “She was dominant in her two wins against Corpus Christi.”

Lamar second baseman Casey Cromwell earned honorable mention status for Hitter of the Week honors after batting .600 over five games as the Lady Cardinals went 4-1.

The Lady Cardinals (21-19, 12-6 conference) will play a single game against Central Arkansas on Friday, April 18, at 5 p.m. and a double-header on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs on Friday and on Saturday, the Lady Cards will “Honor Our Heroes,” and camouflage Lamar hats will be for sale with all proceeds benefitting the Lone Survivor Foundation.

LU will host a non-conference game Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. vs. Jackson State.

Women’s golf

Sophomore golfer Wenny Chang seems to be peaking at just the right time. The Hsinchu, Taiwan, native has been named Southland Conference Golfer of the Month, announced league officials April 8. It marks the first monthly superlative for Lamar this season.

Chang posted back-to-back runner-up finishes in Lamar’s previous two tournaments. Chang carded a three-round 218 to earn runner-up honors at the HBU Husky Invitational. She followed that up by recording an almost identical score the following week at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic (222). Chang had to rally for a strong finish at the Wyoming tournament after opening with a four-over par. She battled back to record consecutive subpar rounds, missing the individual title by only two strokes.

The Lady Cardinals are currently competing in the Southland Conference Tournament.

Men’s golf

The Cards attempt at defending their title from last year’s Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational came to an end during the first round, but that didn’t prevent Big Red from rallying like a champion.

Lamar continued its comeback in the final round April 14, firing an 8-under 280, recording the third-lowest round of the day, but finished eighth overall with a three-round score of 864. Army won the tournament with an 834.

Senior Gustaf Burenstam led the team with a 213, which was good enough to tie for 15th.

Other LU golfers were sophomore Louis Bemberg (T23, 214), junior Gregory Wiggins (T26, 216), sophomore Mans Berglung (T50, 222) and senior Tore Lindtveit (71st, 232).

Lamar will compete for the SLC Championship beginning Monday, April 20, in McKinney at the Stonebridge Country Club.

Baseball

After losing two of three games at McNeese State last weekend, the Cards (6-9 conference) will host Houston Baptist for three conference games beginning Friday, April 17, and running through Sunday, April 19. Game times are 6 p.m., 2 p.m. and 1 p.m.

LU will travel to Waco next Tuesday, April 21, to play at Baylor at 4 p.m.

YTh

Benny Schweizer was a combined 3-0 between singles and doubles action on the week, which made him the Southland Conference men’s tennis Player of the Week, announced the league April 14.

The freshman defeated No. 53 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Guillame Rauseo in three sets on April 7.

The Manheim, Germany, native followed that with an 8-4 doubles win with Michael Feucht over Rauseo and Kevin Bettendroffer on court two.

Schweizer and the Cardinals defeated Abilene Christian 6-1 on Sunday behind his 6-1, 6-3 victory over Henry Adams on court three. Schweizer and Feucht battled Adams and Jason Proctor in doubles, but it was called because the point was won before they finished.

Lamar will play at Nicholls on Friday, April 17, before returning home to play their final home game of the season Sunday against New Orleans at 1 p.m.

The Lady Cards will host their final two matches of the year vs. Northwestern State on Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. and on Sunday, April 19, vs. SFA at noon.

Women’s basketball

Junior guard JaMeisha Edwards was named to the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team.

Edwards, who just completed her junior season with the Lady Cardinals, carries a 3.41 GPA in exercise science. This past season, Edwards was named a first-team all-conference player as she averaged a team-leading 16.1 points per game for the Lady Cardinals after missing the first six games of the season due to injury.

She needs just 202 points to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

 

– Compiled by Chad Cooper

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