MEMPHIS – The Kats added two wins to the column Saturday as they faced the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in consecutive games at the Blues City Classic in Memphis, Tenn.
Sam Houston will face off against Mississippi Valley State to conclude play in the third and final day of the Blues City Classic at 1:30 p.m.
Sam Houston State 4, Loyola-Chicago 3 (9 inn.) (Box Score)
From the get-go, the Kats and the Ramblers were evenly matched up. This would be evident when the game was sent into extra innings.
Freshman Regan Dunn would start the game and pitch 2.1 innings before senior pitcher Lindsey McLeod took over, pitching 6.2 innings and picking up the win, collecting eight strikeouts, three hits and no runs.
The Ramblers struck first in the top of the second inning, scoring from a single and an RBI fly out to centerfield. They picked up two more runs in the top of the third with a single and a home run to center field. This would be all the runs they would plate, with the Sam Houston’s defense holding them throughout the rest of the four innings.
The Kats plated two runs in the bottom of the second off of one hit and one error. Consecutive walks would load the bases up and actually help plate the Kats first run. Freshman Regan Dunn then hit an RBI single through the left side and the Kats went up 2-1. They would tie the ballgame up 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth with the help of a walk, a couple of ground outs and an RBI single through the left side from right fielder Sheridan Fisher.
The contest held 3-3 until the bottom of the seventh, and fans got to see some extra softball. The score would stay even until the bottom of the ninth when first baseman Ashley Goetz hit a single up the middle and would later score from a double by short stop Tiffany Thompson.
Sam Houston State 5, Loyola Chicago 3 (Box Score)
Sophomore pitcher Annie Bailey started the game and earned the win, pitching 4.0 innings, with four hits, two runs and one strikeout. Junior pitcher Karina Sanchez and freshman pitcher Regan Dunn also made appearances in the circle, with Dunn earning the save for the game. Dunn pitched 1.1 innings with no runs and no hits.
The Kats offense rolled over from the first game against the Ramblers, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Left fielder Karlee Canada started the game off with a double, scoring later from a throwing error to first base by the third baseman. Center fielder Megan McDonald reached base on an infield-single to the shortstop and would then score when freshman Kyndal Kutac hit a two-run bomb over the center field wall, her fourth of the season.
The Ramblers scored their three runs in the middle innings with two of the runs coming from solo shots to left center.
Combined the Kats had a team total of 14 hits.