HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State ended the Bearkat Softball Classic on a high note picking up a win in the rematch against Northern Colorado Sunday afternoon after falling to No. 4 Washington earlier in the day.
Sam Houston showed its offensive firepower in their second game Sunday as they sent three balls over the outfield walls. Brooke Malia got her first two collegiate long-balls while Megan Crosby got her first bomb of her sophomore campaign.
The Bearkats will take the field again Saturday February 24th in Arlington as they face Arlington and DePaul in UTA’s tournament.
GAME 1 – Box Score
Washington 13, Sam Houston 1 – 5 innings
Sam Houston snapped Washington’s 46-inning streak of holding opponents scoreless after Bailey White sent one past the left field wall in the bottom of the third inning, but that was the lone spot of success as the Kats dropped a five-inning decision to No. 4 Washington Sunday afternoon at Bearkat Softball Complex.
Gabbie Plain picked up her third win for the Huskies as they improved to 10-0 while Kaitlynn Dawson picked up her first loss of the year on a day where she saw four innings of work in the circle.
Washington jumped on the Bearkats quickly thanks to a Julia DePonte three run blast, Dawson would respond after the homer forcing the next two Huskies to ground out back to the circle.
The Huskies showed their power once again in the second frame with Taylor Van Zee sending the second pitch she saw yard for a two-run blast to increase the Washington advance to five.
The Huskies stretched their lead to eight after scoring three runs with three of their four hits during the inning falling along the right field line.
White showed her offensive firepower as she broke Washington’s 46-inning scoreless streak with a leadoff blast over the leftfield wall for her first homer of the season. The Bearkats couldn’t capitalize on the momentum as Plain retired the next three Kats.
Sam Houston was in position to put more runs on the board after Tiffany Thompson was hit by a pitch following a Brooke Malia one-out single to left field. However, the Kats couldn’t turn the baserunners into runs on the board with the following two Kats retired by Washington’s Plain.
Washington scored five runs on four hits to extend their lead to double digits as three Sam Houston pitchers saw time in the circle with Darby Fitzpatrick ending the inning forcing the Huskies into a double play.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Bailey White provided the only run of the contest for the Kats with her first homerun of the year in the third inning.
GAME 2 – Box Score
Sam Houston 7, Northern Colorado 3
The Bearkats were determined to pick up a win in the Bearkat Softball Classic as they used the long ball to hand Northern Colorado the 7-3 loss. The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Kats as they will look to build on this momentum going forward.
Brooke Malia led the way for the Kats on a 2-3 day with both of her hits going past the outfield wall to drive in three runs. Megan Crosby also made an impact with her sixth inning three-run bomb. Codi Carpenter and Tiffany Thompson both recorded two hits for Sam Houston while Kayte Martinez added another.
Lindsey McLeod picked up her first win of her junior campaign after coming in during the fourth inning to deliver 3.2 innings of stellar work in which she only allowed one run off two hits and struck out two. Valerie Vidal picked up the loss for the Bears on the afternoon after tossing two innings and giving up four earned runs.
Bottom 2nd The Bearkats got the board first in the rematch after Carpenter crushed a ball all the way back to the centerfield wall to drive in Thompson who had been hit by a pitch to begin the inning. The Kats would be in a good position to add onto their lead with runners on second and third with one out, but Northern Colorado stiffened up and got two outs to end the inning.
The Bearkats got two quick outs to begin the inning, but that didn’t deter Martinez and the Kats as she drew a four-pitch walk before stealing second and then advancing to third on the errant throw by Northern Colorado’s catcher. Malia knew what needed to be done as she blasted the ball over the left field wall for her first collegiate homer to give the Kats the early 3-0 advantage.
Northern Colorado quickly responded to Malia’s homer with a big offensive inning to cut the Sam Houston lead to just one. Jordyn Wiatrik got it going for the Bears with a RBI double to center to bring in the first run and two batters later Kenzie Kudrna laid a ball just down the left field line to bring home the second Northern Colorado run of the day. McLeod would then come in to retire the next two Bears out to keep Sam Houston in front going into the bottom of the frame.
The Bears started to come alive after the first two outs of the inning when Sophia Taylor drew a two-out walk and Lauren Paige moved her to second with a single. However, McLeod nipped the Bears inning in the bud after a nine-pitch battle with Wiatrak that ultimately ended in a fly-out to center to end the half-inning.
The Bearkats wasted no time getting an insurance run before the final inning as Malia crushed her second ball of the game to pull the Bearkats ahead by two. Three batters later Crosby would hit the third bomb of the game for Sam Houston with this one being a three-run blast to increase the Bearkat lead to five.
Northern Colorado didn’t go quietly as Sophia Taylor put her best foot forward to take Lindsey McLeod yard for her first long ball of the year. The Kats quickly cut the Bears run short when McLeod forced a Lauren Paige foul fly to end the game.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Brooke Malia and Megan Crosby combined to drive in six of the seven Bearkat runs on three homers. Malia had her first two blasts of her Sam Houston career with homers in both the third and sixth innings. Crosby took her first ball yard of her sophomore year to drive in three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning that proved to be the nail in the coffin to Northern Colorado.