COLLEGE STATION — The Sam Houston State softball team dropped a pair of one-run games to Texas A&M during a mid-week doubleheader on the road Wednesday.
Game 1 (Box Score)
Texas A&M 4, Sam Houston State 3
Junior Tiffany Thompson launched her first home run of the season and drove in another run, but Sam Houston State came up short in a 4-3 loss to Texas A&M in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
Freshman Regan Dunn got the start in the circle for the Bearkats. She got into trouble by giving up three straight singles to the Aggies to load the bases in the first inning. Texas A&M got on the board first on a fielding error by third baseman Kyndal Kutac.
The Aggies recorded another run on a single to center field by catcher Dani Elder before Dunn limited the damage, getting a groundout to first to end the inning.
The Bearkats cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the second with consecutive singles to left
field by junior Megan McDonald and senior Ashley Goetz. Sophomore Sheridan Fisher was hit by a pitch by Aggie starting pitcher Payton McBride (8-3) to load the bases, and Kutac followed with a sacrifice fly to right.
Texas A&M answered in the bottom of the second on an RBI double off the center field wall by freshman Baylee Klingler.
The Aggies chased Dunn (3-4) from the game with a bases-loaded, one-out single by McBride in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-1. Junior Karina Sanchez came on in relief and got a double play on a groundout to third turned by Kutac and catcher Bailey White to get out of the jam.
Thompson blasted the first pitch she saw over the center-field wall in the top of the fifth to trim the lead to 4-2. She got the Kats closer in the top of the sixth with a hard-hit single to center to drive in junior Taylar Fuselier, who reached on an infield single.
Sophomore Brooke Malia came close to tying the game with a laser to right field, but Texas A&M sophomore Kylie George made a diving catch to end the game.
Senior Lindsey McLeod tossed two perfect innings in relief for the Bearkats.
Game 2 (Box Score)
Texas A&M 5, Sam Houston State 4
Despite a solid performance in the circle by junior pitcher Karina Sanchez, Sam Houston State could not hold off a late rally to split a doubleheader with Texas A&M as the Bearkats fell 5-4 in the nightcap.
The Bearkats (14-17 overall) struck first in the second game. Junior Megan McDonald, who came in to courtesy run following a single by designated player Bailey White, scored on a groundout to shortstop by catcher Hunter Ervin in the first inning.
Sam Houston stretched its lead over the Aggies (20-13) to 2-0 when second baseman Brooke Malia pounded a double off the bottom of the center-field wall to bring in sophomore Karlee Canada, who reached on a walk in the second.
The Bearkats tacked on two more runs in the fifth when Canada led off with a single and shortstop Tiffany Thompson walked. They both advanced on a double steal, and Canada scored on the play thanks to an error by Aggie third baseman Baylee Klingler. Malia made it 4-0 with an RBI single.
Texas A&M began its rally in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and no outs. Sanchez was able to escape the jam but not before she gave up her only run in five innings.
Sophomore Darby Fitzpatrick relieved Sanchez in the sixth and surrendered three runs on four hits without recording an out to fall to 0-2 on the season. She gave way to senior Lindsey McLeod, but the Aggies notched two unearned runs, one courtesy of a missed tag on a play at the plate and the other on a fielding error, before the Bearkats’ career strikeout leader could end the inning.
The Bearkats, who are 6-3 in Southland Conference play, return to league action with a three-game series against Nicholls this weekend in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Sam Houston State will play the Colonels in a doubleheader Friday with the first game set for 4 p.m. The series finally is scheduled for Saturday at noon.