Ciara Luna pitching a softball against the University of Kansas in the loss at the LU Softball Complex, Saturday 25th. LU loss the game 0-1. UP photo by Noah Dawlearn.

Ciara Luna pitching a softball against the University of Kansas in the loss at the LU Softball Complex, Saturday 25th. LU loss the game 0-1. UP photo by Noah Dawlearn.

The Lamar University Cardinals wrapped up play in the second annual Cardinal Classic by splitting a pair of games Sunday at the LU Softball Complex.

LU was a 4-2 winner over Northern Illinois before dropping a 5-4 decision to Tulsa. 

The Cardinals (5-10) went 3-2 on the weekend.

  In LU’s previous games this weekend, the Cardinals defeated Alabama A&M 6-3 on Thursday and South Dakota State 5-2 on Friday, before falling to Kansas on Saturday.

Brittany Rodriguez hitting a pitch against the University of Kansas in the loss at the LU Softball Complex, Saturday 25th. LU loss the game 0-1. UP photo by Noah Dawlearn.

Brittany Rodriguez hitting a pitch against the University of Kansas in the loss at the LU Softball Complex, Saturday 25th. LU loss the game 0-1. UP photo by Noah Dawlearn.

  “We love to host quality teams, and that’s what we did this weekend,” Lamar University coach Holly Bruder said. “We had five hard-fought games this weekend, with a pair of tough one-run losses.”

Following the loss to Kansas, Saturday, junior Sable Hankins was positive about the team’s progress.

“We have proved multiple times that we can not only hang but beat the big dogs. Last year run ruling the University of Texas 9-1, beating Northern Illinois 4-1 this weekend in our tournament, proves that we are capable and are super confident in ourselves,” Hankins said.

“When facing a team that is considered a bigger opponent, we treat them as if they are our best competitor in the Southland Conference. No matter what the team name says across their jersey we play them the same, foot on the gas and never let up.”

The Lady Cards begin their conference schedule at 5 p.m., March 10, against Northwestern State at the LU Softball Complex.

Learn more about Lamar University at lamar.edu

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