HUNTSVILLE – The Bearkats got the last laugh against Texas Southern this season, avenging a 5-4 loss last month as they picked up a 9-1 victory in run-rule fashion Wednesday night at the Bearkat Softball Complex.
The Bearkats (18-26) were powered by two four-run innings and 10 hits to pick up run-rule victory over the Tigers (17-10-1).
Sam Houston’s 10 hits were spread between seven different Bearkats, led by Katie Andrie who totaled three hits in her three at-bats while also driving in three RBI. Tiffany Thompson was the only other Bearkat with a multi-hit game on a 2-for-4 night in which she sent a ball over the outfield wall in the fifth inning for her sixth homer of the season. Codi Carpenter, Taylar Fuselier, Brooke Malia, Karlee Canada and Annie Bailey combined to give the Kats a hit apiece.
Bearkat starter Annie Bailey pitched a complete game for the Bearkats to pick up her sixth win of the year on a night in which she only allowed two hits and struck out six.
Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers used five different arms on the night with Bailey Daniels picking up the loss in on a night in which she saw 1.1 innings of action and allowed three earned runs off of two hits. Offensively Texas Southern saw little success with the lone bright spot coming in the second inning thanks to a long ball by clean-up hitter Danielle Sonnier, her second of the 2018 campaign.
The Bearkats will get back to Southland action this weekend as they travel to Abilene for a three-game series at Abilene Christian, who currently sits one game ahead of the Bearkats in the Southland.
The Tigers struck first with their lone run of the game thanks to a Danielle Sonnier long ball. The Tigers had a grand opportunity to add to their lead, as they loaded the bases with only one out in the inning, but Bailey locked in on the circle and retired the next two batters to limit the damage.
The Bearkats wasted no time responding to the Tigers offensive success in the top of the frame as the first two batters drew free passes and were moved along the base paths thanks to a Sheridan Fisher sacrifice before being brought in one at a time by the next two Bearkat batters. The Bearkats would load the bases one batter later before a Fuselier single to right brought in two more Kats.
The Bearkats added a run in the bottom frame of the fifth thanks to a Thompson long-ball, her sixth of the season.
Sam Houston drove four more runs across home plate to complete the run-rule victory. The Kats got the first two runners on base by virtue of a walk and Tiger error, before Canada would drive in two runs with a double to left center. The Kats would go on to add two more runs thanks to singles by Bailey and a game-ending single by Brooke Malia.