COLLEGE STATION – The Sam Houston State Bearkats showed strong on the back end of a doubleheader with No. 7 Texas A&M, but the Aggies would be too much on the day as they took both ends of the twinbill at the Aggie Softball Complex.
The Kats fell in run-rule fashion in the opener before battling to the end in the nightcap.
They will now hit the road for five games this weekend in Starkville, Miss., when they take part in the Bulldog Slamboree. There they will square off with both Mercer and Alcorn State in addition to the host Mississippi State.
Game 1 – Box Score
No. 7 Texas A&M 9, Sam Houston State 1 (5 innings)
The Aggies pushed across five runs in the first two innings and another three in the fourth before closing things out in quick fashion of the doubleheader opener, 9-1, over the Bearkats.
Sam Houston got hits from Sheridan Fisher, Brooke Malia and Megan McDonald, but were unable to take full advantage of a great scoring opportunity in the fourth after loading the bases with nobody out.
Darby Fitzpatrick fell to 0-4 with the loss, allowing eight runs in 3.0 innings before handing the ball off to Kaitlynn Dawson who pitched the rest of the way. Trinity Harrington moved to 4-1 for the Aggies, tossing all five frames and allowing just one run on three hits with two strikeouts.
A two-run double by Riley Sartain and an RBI triple by Sarah Hudek helped the Aggies jump out in front 3-0 and Tori Vidales added two more in the second with a double of her own.
Sam Houston had a great chance to cut into the Aggie lead in the fourth as Fisher and Malia opened the inning with first-pitch singles before an A&M error off the bat of Megan Crosby loaded the sacks with nobody out. But Harrington was able to get a key double-play ball from Bailey White that pushed across the Kats’ lone run of the game before getting Codi Carpenter to line out to left field to end the rally.
Texas A&M would answer with three more runs in the fifth before putting up another in the fifth to close the game out in run-rule fashion.
Game 2 – Box Score
No. 7 Texas A&M 3, Sam Houston State 0
Sam Houston gave the Aggies all they could handle in the latter half of Wednesday’s doubleheader as they fell to No. 7 Texas A&M 3-0.
The Aggies got off to a quick start scoring two runs in the first inning thanks to a two-out rally powered by two walks to give them the early 2-0 advantage.
Sam Houston stiffened up on defense as they put out the next six Aggies in order but couldn’t capitalize on Taylar Fuselier’s lead-off single in the top of the third frame.
Texas A&M added to their cushion in the bottom of the fourth thanks to two doubles to deep center to bring the Aggie advantage to 3-0.
Although the Bearkats allowed only two Aggie baserunners over the next two innings, the Bearkats’ best offensive position was in the top of the fifth when McDonald led off the inning with a single to the outfield and found herself on second after a sacrifice bunt by Tiffany Thompson. However, the Aggies quickly nipped the Kats inning in the bud retiring the next two Bearkats.
Lindsey McLeod took the loss in the circle for the Kats as she allowed five hits and three runs over six innings while striking out two Aggies. Samantha Show picked up her fourth win of the season in complete game shut-out fashion while allowing only three hits and struck out six.