HOUSTON – Nine runners left on base proved to be too much for Sam Houston as Texas Southern downed the Bearkats 5-4 Tuesday night at Memorial Park.
The Lady Tigers (12-5-1) used a four-run second inning and an eventual game-winning run in the fourth inning to take the win over the Bearkats (11-22).
Sam Houston batters totaled 11 hits from eight different Bearkats, led by Codi Carpenter, Megan Crosby and Katie Andrie who totaled two hits each. Sheridan Fisher needed only hit to drive in two runs with the teams only triple of the day coming in the first inning.
Bearkat starter Kaitlynn Dawson pitched for two innings in the circle, taking the loss to fall to 1-4 after allowing four runs on six hits. Darby Fitzpatrick entered the circle in relief fashion in the third inning before tossing four solid innings for the Bearkats in which she allowed one run on four hits.
Meanwhile, three Lady Tigers used three different arms on the day with Bailey Daniels picking up the win in relief fashion to move to 2-1 on the year after allowing zero earned runs through three innings of action. Offensively Texas Southern had 10 hits on the day with two Lady Tigers picking up two hits with lead-off hitter Ebony Wiltz leading the way driving in three runs on the day.
The Bearkats will get back to Southland action this weekend with a three-game series scheduled against Piney Woods rival Stephen F. Austin.
The Bearkats struck quick and early in the first frame for three early runs after Fisher drove a ball deep to right for a two-run RBI triple to take the 3-0 lead after Carpenter scored the first Bearkat run earlier in the inning after two straight wild pitches from Texas Southern.
The Tigers used a big second inning to take a lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the match after the Lady Tigers scored four runs on six hits, all singles, to lead 4-3 after two innings of action.
Texas Southern added the eventual game winning run in the bottom of the fourth after Robins would be pushed across home one batter after leading off the bottom of the frame with a triple.
Sam Houston made some noise in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to one after a Carpenter fly out to center would drive one run across home, but the comeback bid fell short as the next batter flied out to end the threat.