By Cheval John
Sam Houston State softball team dropped the first game of their double-header against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by the score of 3-0.
Islanders struck for two runs in the top of the third for a 2-0 lead on a two run single by catcher Brittney Morse.
Both runners advanced to second and third on a ground out by left fielder, Dani Tefft, that allowed them to score on Morse single.
A&M-Corpus Christi added another run in the top of the fourth inning with two outs to make it 3-0 on an error by second baseman Dani Allen.
Sam Houston had plenty of chances to put a run on the board and even take the lead.
However, they squandered those opportunities and left 8 runners on base.
One of those opportunities came in the bottom of the 6th inning.
Hilary Adams led off the inning with a walk.
Catcher Tiffany Castillo followed with a single that advanced pitcher Taylor Atkinson, who pinched ran for Adams to second.
A one out single by Sarah Allison loaded the bases.
However, they couldn’t capitalized as Jennie Kieval struck out and Allen flied out to end the inning.
Liz Carter secured her 8th win of the season after going the distance while Meme Quinn suffered the loss.
By Cheval John
The majority of everyone’s bracket has been busted by now.
This year’s March Madness has been excited to some degree because of the fact that the only captivating thing is whether anyone can beat Kentucky.
Notre Dame came close when they went toe to toe with the Wildcats.
However, the Wildcats found a way to stay undefeated and make it back to the Final Four.
For anyone who had chosen Kentucky to win it all had a little scare from that matchup.
Now if anyone chosen Michigan State to make it to the Final Four this year were really smart.
The Spartans beat Louisville yesterday 76-70 in overtime.
The reason why they were smart is that Michigan State were destined to make it back.
Under head coach Tom Izzo, who is in his 20th year at Michigan State, they have made it to the Final Four every four years, which one of them led to the National Championship (2000).
Do not know why that is, but it is really impressive.
Maybe we should not have write them off of making it back after losing in the Big Ten Tournament final to Wisconsin, who are in the Final Four for the second straight year.
What we should have done is look at history and see the pattern of Michigan State’s final four appearances.
Whether they make the national championship game or not, you can’t take away the accomplishments that Michigan State has experienced under coach Izzo.
If Kentucky was not this dominant, Michigan State would have had a much better chance to win the national championship.
So if the pattern continues and coach Izzo is still at Michigan State, then I will say that they will make it back to the Final Four in 2019.
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By Cheval John
Sam Houston State rebounded from their Southland Conference Tournament Finals lost with a 87-71 win over the University of North Carolina-Wilmington last night during the first round of the College Insider.com Tournament at Johnson Coliseum.
In the process, the Bearkats achieved their 26th win of the season, the most ever since they moved up to the NCAA Division I almost 30 years ago.
The Bearkats shot 43.8 percent from the field and shot 47.4 percent from behind the arc.
What is even better is that Sam Houston State shot 66.7 percent from the three point line in the first half.
Most of those treys in the first half came from Lithuanian national, Aurimas Majauskas.
Majauskas came off the bench and was the main reason why SHSU’s bench outscored UNC-Wilmington’s bench 38-8.
Majauskas led all scorers with 27 points.
The Seahawks (18-14) tied the matchup at 17 with 8:04 left in the first half after Addison Spruill, who finished with 11 points, made a layup in the paint.
That was as close as UNC-Wilmington got as Sam Houston exploded on a 14-2 run, which included an ally-hoop play from Jabari Peters to Michael Holyfield, to expand their lead to 31-19.
By halftime, the Bearkats was leading 46-25.
Holyfield finished the game with a double-double (10 points and 11 rebounds) while Peters had 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Sam Houston plays host to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette this Saturday in the second round of the College Insider Tournament.
UL-Lafayette brings a 21-13 record to this matchup and also former Bearkat coach Bob Marlin in facing his former assistant, current Sam Houston coach Jason Hooten.
Hooten will try to get his 100th win of his head coaching career in this contest.