Games 5-9 • Bearkat Softball Classic presented by Holiday Inn and University Hotel
Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 18 • Huntsville • Bearkat Softball Complex (400)
Sam Houston (1-3) • No. 4 Washington (5-0) • Wichita State (2-2) • Seton Hall (3-1) • Northern Colorado (3-2)
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2018 Bearkat Classic Schedule Friday, Feb. 16
Northern Colorado vs Seton Hall • 10 a.m.
Northern Colorado vs No. 4 Washington • 12:15 p.m.
Wichita State vs No. 4 Washington • 2:30 p.m.
Seton Hall at Sam Houston • 4:45 p.m.
Wichita State at Sam Houston • 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17
Northern Colorado vs Wichita State • 10 a.m.
Seton Hall vs Wichita State • 12:15 p.m.
Seton Hall vs No. 4 Washington • 2:30 p.m.
Northern Colorado at Sam Houston • 4:45 p.m. • ESPN3
No. 4 Washington at Sam Houston • 7 p.m. • ESPN3
Sunday, Feb. 18
No. 4 Washington vs Wichita State • 10 a.m.
Northern Colorado at Sam Houston • 12:15 p.m.
HUNTSVILLE – After closing out its opening weekend with a win in San Marcos, the Sam Houston State softball team will take the field at the Bearkat Softball Complex for the first time in 2018 this weekend when it hosts a quartet of teams for the Bearkat Softball Classic presented by Holiday Inn Express and University Hotel.
All games will be available to be followed via live stats, while Sam Houston’s Saturday games vs both Northern Colorado and No. 4 Washington are scheduled to air on ESPN3 with Sam Leavitt having the call of each contest. Updates will also be available for the Sam Houston games by following @BearkatsSB on Twitter. For a full listing of the tournament schedule, along with live stat and ESPN3 links, fans can visit the tournament central page HERE.
Due to the expected fans and traffic due to the Bearkat Softball Classic in addition to this weekend's Bearkat Baseball season opener vs Kent State, fans who are planning on attending are encouraged to park in the north lot beyond the Bowers Stadium scoreboard for entry into the Bearkat Softball Complex.
It will be a full field in Huntsville for the weekend, with the incoming teams being headlined by No. 4 Washington along with Wichita State, Seton Hall and Northern Colorado. It will be the first time Sam Houston has squared off with any of its four opponents for the weekend.
The Bearkats dropped three of four over the weekend at the Bobcat Classic, including a pair of close games to host Texas State, before pulling off a win over Portland State in the eventual finale. Sam was scheduled to battle No. 9 Florida State to conclude the event on Sunday before inclement weather halted the tournament a day early.
Taylar Fuselier and Sheridan Fisher each turned in good weekends in their Bearkat debuts, with Fuselier finishing with four hits, including two for extra bases and the lone Sam homer, in 11 at-bats. Meanwhile, Fisher hit safely a team-high five times from the leadoff spot, scoring three times and striking out just once in 16 trips to the plate. Freshman Brooke Malia also drove in three runs for the weekend.
In the circle, junior Lindsey McLeod allowed opponents to hit just .167 in 8.2 innings of work on the weekend, but it was freshman Annie Bailey who picked up the team’s lone win with 4.0 innings of relief in the finale vs Portland State. Fellow freshman Darby Fitzpatrick logged the most work on the weekend, allowing three runs in 10.2 innings over two appearances, taking the hard-luck loss in a complete-game effort in the rematch against Texas State on Saturday.
As for the Huskies, they justified their early-season ranking with a dominating weekend in Peoria, Ill., outscoring Saint Louis, Bradley, Miami (OH) and Western Illinois by a combined score of 70-3 in five games, including shutouts in each of the last four. Both Gabbie Plain and Taran Alvelo posted spotless ERAs for the weekend with Alvelo, who led the Pac 12 last season with 35 victories, earning Pac 12 Pitcher of the Week honors.
The offense, which hit .418 for the weekend, was led by Houston native Kirstyn Thomas who was named the Pac 12’s Hitter of the Week. She belted five homers, scored 13 times and drove in 16 runs in that five-game stretch.
The Shockers, meanwhile, took their show to Auburn for their season-opening tournament, splitting four games. They picked up wins over both Tennessee Tech and Marshall, while dropping contests to Furman in walk-off fashion and to No. 13 Auburn by a 2-0 margin.
Bailee Nickerson led Wichita State with a pair of home runs and five RBI for the weekend, while also scoring a team-high four times. Bailey Lange started three of the four games, going 1-1 with a 2.58 ERA while pitching 19.0 of the 26.2 innings played.
Seton Hall will be playing in Texas for the second straight weekend and will continue to get a strong dose of Southland Conference competition early in the season after taking three of four games played at the UTSA Softball Classic over the weekend. After opening up with a 2-0 win over Abilene Christian, they followed it up with a narrow 3-2 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before returning a day later to knock off both the Islanders in a rematch and UTSA in the team’s lone meeting of the weekend.
Sophomore outfielder Hailey Arteaga was named the Big East Player of the Week after hitting safely in all four games, including a pair of home runs, six RBI and a .636 average. Meanwhile, Reaganne Camp headlines the pitching side of things after a weekend that saw her go 2-0 in the circle with a pair of dominant complete-game efforts. Against ACU in the season opener she turned in the best start of her career, firing a four-hit shutout with a career-high 10 strikeouts and no walks before taking the ball against UTSA where she allowed just one run in 7.0 innings with six punchouts and only one walk.
Northern Colorado opened up its year with three wins in five tries at the Toyota Control Softball Tournament in Rosemont, Ill., knocking off Loyola-Chicago, Wright State and IUPUI while also being shut out by both Eastern Kentucky and DePaul.
Pitcher Valerie Vidal earned the Big Sky’s first Pitcher of the Week honor for her efforts in Rosemont, going 2-1 with a 1.34 ERA in 17.0 innings pitched. She struck out a dozen and walked just two in those three appearances. Meanwhile, Jordyn Wiatrak led the Bears with a .429 average and six RBI on the weekend, while Mady Young and Lauren Paige each hit safely five times in 12 at-bats for a team that finished the weekend with a .297 team batting average.
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SERIES vs WICHITA STATE
SERIES vs SETON HALL
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