Courtesy:Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information
Lamar used the long ball earn the Cardinals a Southland Conference softball doubleheader sweep over Sam Houston Saturday at Fort Park in Beaumont.
The Cards totaled six home runs and a triple as they defeated the Bearkats 9-4 in the opening game and 5-4 in eight innings in the nightcap.
Sam Houston struck first in the opener as Cecilia Castillo singled in a run in the top of the third inning.
But the Cardinals scored three runs on a pair of home runs in the bottom of the third.
Tiffany Castillo tied the game with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth and Jessica Slater put the Kats back in front 4-3 with an RBI single.
The lead was short-lived as Lamar scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Two of the runs were unearned due to an error.
The Cardinals added another tally on a home run in the sixth.
Haley Baros pitched the first three innings for Sam Houston.
Meme Quinn pitched two and a third innings in relief, drawing the loss.
Amber Neal pitched in the sixth inning.
Again in the nightcap, Sam Houston held early leads as Cecilia Castillo hit a solo home run in the top of the first.
Tiffany Castillo tallied an unearned run in the fifth inning.
Kim Damian tied the contest bringing in a run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh Ashlee Isbell put the Kats in front 4-3 with an RBI single.
Lamar’s sixth home run of the day forced extra innings and an unearned run after an error proved to be the game winner in the bottom of the eighth.
Sam Houston and Lamar will play the third and final game of the series Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information
One week ago, Sam Houston State appeared ready to run away and hide from the rest of the Southland Conference women’s teams, holding a 9-1 record after six consecutive victories.
But a 90-40 beat down by Oral Roberts Thursday changed the scenario in the race for the Southland Conference title.
Sam Houston and Lamar are tied for first with 9-3 league records.
Oral Roberts remains in the regular season title mix with a 10-4 Southland mark.
ORU upped its season record to 12-11 with Thursday’s win while the Bearkats dropped to 13-11.
Two long scoring runs in the first half put the Eagles in command. After Britni Martin gave the Kats their only lead of the night, 5-0 just 1:53 into the contest, ORU went on a 15-1 run.
Sequeena Thomas gave Sam Houston its first field goal in a nine minute span at 9:39 to cut the lead to 15-6.
The Kats got no closer than eight points the rest of the period.
After ORU ended the half with a 9-0 run in the final four minutes, the Eagles held a 36-19 lead.
Life got no better in the second half as ORU started the period with a 13-6 run to go up 49-25 at the first media timeout.
The Eagles led by as many as 51 per the contest ended as ORU outscored Sam Houston 54-21 in the second period.
Sam Houston posted its worst field goal shooting night of the season, going 10 of 51 from the field for just 19.6 percent.
The Kats were 2-of-15 from three point range.
Oral Roberts, led by Jaci Bigham with 17 points, shot 43.5 percent (30-of-69).
Three other Eagles scored in double figures.
Martin was Sam Houston’s scoring leader with 10 points.
The Bearkats face another challenge Saturday at 2 p.m. in Conway, Ark., against the Central Arkansas Bears.
by Cheval John
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After all, the Mayans were probably on to something here.
Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information
Lynchburg, Va. – Defending Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart outscored Sam Houston 9-2 in the final two-and-a-half minutes of action to pull out a 66-62 victory over the Bearkats Friday afternoon in preseason Women’s National Invitational (WNIT) consolation action.
Britni Martin scored 17 points and Chanice Smith added 14 to lead Sam Houston (0-2) as SHSU and SHU battled in a see-saw game with 11 lead changes.
Down 44-37 with 14 minutes to play, the Bearkats went on a 25-15 run to take a one-point lead, 62-61, on a lay-up by Martin with 1:16 remaining.
Sacred Heart did not allow the Kats to score again.
Morgan Merriman put her team ahead 63-62 with a layup with 1:02 left and Gabriel Washington fired in a three-pointer with 13 seconds to play to seal the victory.
Washington led Sacred Heart with 21 points.
Merriman scored 18 and Kiley Evans added 17.
Turnovers were key for Sam Houston.
Sacred Heart scored 17 points off SHSU’s 23 turnovers while the Bearkats could collect only 13 points from SHU’s 15 miscues.
Sam Houston won the rebounding battle with 48 boards to Sacred Heart’s 43.
Sequeena Thomas and Angela Beadle led both teams each with 10 rebounds.
SHSU point guard Jasmine Johnson totaled seven assists.
The Bearkats now will complete action in the WNIT with a second consolation game at 4 p.m. Saturday against the loser of the Liberty versus Grambling State contest.
by Cheval John
Today, we remember the day when 3,000 people lost their lives on that infamous terrorist attack on 9/11..
Everyone knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.
Firefighters and emergency workers risked their lives to try and save those who were trapped in the Twin Towers.
We were mesmorized by the images that were shown on television and were in a state in delusion.
We wondered, “How could 19 terrorist hijacked four planes and struck two buildings in New York City and hit the most secured place in the world, “The Pentagon” in Washington, D.C.?
For me, this day is still troubling because of the fact that there are people who are willing to kill others and bring fear to the masses.
What it also did was bring everyone together and brought a sense of pride to this nation.
We realized that life is short and that we must cherish every moment that is given to us because we don’t know when it will be over.
I really hope that we will never forget 9/11.
God Bless America.