HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats showed strong at the beginning of a doubleheader with reigning Southland champion McNeese, but the Cowgirls would be too much on the day as they took both ends of the twinbill at the Bearkat Softball Complex.
The Kats (11-16, 4-2 SLC) made a strong bid for a comeback in the opener before falling in just five innings in the nightcap Saturday.
Sam Houston will finish out their 10-game home stretch on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. with a doubleheader against Houston at the Bearkat Softball Complex.
Game 1 – Box Score
McNeese 7, Sam Houston 4
McNeese used a first inning grand slam to push past the Bearkats, 7-4, in the top half of the doubleheader at Bearkat Softball Complex Saturday afternoon.
Kaitlynn Dawson would get the nod to start and pitched 3.0 frames, allowing six runs on six hits, only punching out one Cowgirl (19-10, 2-4 SLC) and gave way to a grand slam in the first inning. She handed it to Darby Fitzpatrick who pitched the rest of the game, allowing a run on two hits with three strikeouts of her own.
Dawson punched out the first batter she saw in the opening inning, but allowed back-to-back walks and a single to load the bases for Hailey Drew who used the opportunity launching a grand slam into right field. The Kats responded with a run of their own on a pair of errors by the Cowgirls to end the first inning down 4-1.
McNeese added two more in the second, but in the third the Kats finally got the bats going. Down 6-1, Brooke Malia started the Kats off with a double down the left-field line that was followed up by a single from Bailey White. Codi Carpenter then cleaned the bases with a three-run dinger straight over center field, cutting the lead to 6-4.
But that was as close as McNeese hurler Alexsandra Flores would allow the Kats to get. She finished the rest of the frames with zeros on the scoreboard for her eighth win of the season, despite the Kats having one more opportunity in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Leadoff hitter Sheridan Fisher knocked a single to the second base before Megan McDonald fired a deep double into left field to bring the tying run to the plate. Two outs and a walk later the Bearkats had the winning run at bat but Flores was able to get Megan Crosby on strikes to secure the win.
Game 2 – Box Score
McNeese 10, Sam Houston 2 (5 innings)
The Cowgirls used two four-run innings and a pair of solo home runs in the first two innings to end the game in quick fashion in the second half of the doubleheader, 10-1, over the Bearkats.
Sam Houston got hits from five different Bearkats, including two Megan Crosby and the only RBI coming off the bat of White. But they were unable to take full advantage of a great scoring opportunity in the second after loading the bases with two outs.
Lindsey McLeod fell to 8-5 with the loss, allowing six runs in 2.1 innings before handing the ball off to Darby Fitzpatrick who pitched 2.1 innings with four runs allowed on two hits. Dawson also pitched a single frame. Ashley Koncir moved to 2-0 for the Cowgirls, tossing 3.0 innings and allowing just one run on six hits with no strikeouts.
McNeese for the first three innings powered leadoff solo homeruns, two of which were by Erika Piancastelli in the first and third frame. Later in the third, Cowgirl’s pulled in three-runs by the hands of Alexandria Saldivar homerun.
Sam Houston had a great chance to add runs in the second as White fired the only score for the Kats by way of homerun. Megan Crosby would knock a one out single afterwards so as did Taylar Fuselier and Karlee Canada loading the bases, but Fisher flied out to end the inning.
McNeese would use another four-run inning to answer in the fourth before forcing up another zero on the scoreboard for the Bearkat’s in the fifth to close the game out in run-rule fashion.