Bearkats Sweep The Lions In Double-Header Game
The Sam Houston State Bearkats softball team continued from where they left off as they swept the Southeastern Lousiana Lions in a double header by the scores of 3-0 and 1-0.
The sweep gave them four straight shut victories, began on Wednesday after they swept Prarie View in the double header by scores of 3-0 and 9-0.
“I really like our intensity right now,” head softball coach Bob Brock said. “I think that we learned that going earlier in the year at 1-13.”
In the first game, the Bearkats (22-17, 10-4 SLC) shut out the Lions 3-0.
Catcher Ashlee Isbell’s two out, home run to right center in the bottom of the second inning gave the Bearkats a 1-0 lead. It was her fourth of the season.
Right fielder Erin Burford’s RBI double to left field increased the Bearkat lead to 2-0.
The Bearkats added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 3-0.
Second baseman Alyssa Coggins hit a single to left field that allowed left fielder Callie Wood to score from second base.
Wood had an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and advanced to second on a single by Burford.
Tomi Garrison went the distance and got her eight win of the season. She struck out seven and gave up four hits.
Starting pitcher Shelby Lancaster threw a no-hitter in the second game of the double-header that gave the Bearkats a 1-0 win.
It was the first no-hitter by a Bearkat pitcher since 2010.
“I was really comfortable out there and I felt good,” Lancaster said. ‘I knew that I had to hit my spots…the defense was doing pretty well on the ground balls.”
The Lions (10-31, 2-12 SLC) was looking to add their first run in the top of the second when first baseman Ariell Van Hook reached second base with out after short stop Sarah Allison dropped the fly ball.
Van Hook advanced to third on a ground out by designated hitter Jessica Browne.
But Lancaster got left fielder Katie Matthews to ground out to end the threat.
Designated hitter Hillary Adams led off the bottom of the second with a single and advanced to second on a error by Van Hook.
The Bearkats could not capitalized as starting pitcher Vicki Honeycutt got the next three batters to end the inning.
The Bearkats had another opportunity in the bottom of the third when first baseman Alyssa Gregg reached first with one out after she was a hit by a pitch by Honeycutt.
However, Benavidez struck out and Gregg was caught stealing at second base to get the Lions out of the jam.
The Lions was looking to capitalize in the top of the sixth inning when third baseman Trish Bliss reached first with one out in the top of the sixth inning on an error by Coggins.
She advanced to second on a ground out by center fielder Michelle Duhe.
But second baseman Megan McCollum lined out to Gregg to end the threat.
“I felt like the way Shelby (Lancaster) was pitching today, we needed one run,” Brock said.
The Bearkats finally came through in the bottom of the sixth inning when Allison hit a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed pinch runner Amy Pelton to score from third base to give them a 1-0 lead.
Burford led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk. Pelton pinched ran for Burford and advanced to second on a walk to pinch hitter Jessica Slater. Both runners advanced to second and third, respectively on a single by pinch hitter Kim Damian to load the bases.
“I knew that I was underneath the ball all day,” Allison said. “I wasn’t too worried about it because all I had to do was get it high enough and deep enough….I was ready for it.”
Lancaster got the final three outs in the top of the seventh inning to get her ninth win of the season.
The Bearkats will face their toughest test of the season when they play host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in a double-header on Tuesday.