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All-Tournament Bearkats
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Release: 05/14/2012
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When senior Tomi Garrison and juniors Ashley Isbell and Kim Damian were voted to the Southland Conference All-Tournament team Sunday after the Bearkats reached the finals, the selections marked the most all-tournament players in one year since 2005.

All three players provided outstanding players that helped the Sam Houston softball team recover from a second round loss to fight their way into the finals with three victories in 26 innings over a 15-hour period Saturday at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio.

Garrison, a right-handed pitcher from Garland, limited opponents to only nine hits in 17 and a third innings. She posted a perfect 0.00 earned run average in the tournament, striking out nine batters. Sam Houston's five opponents in the three-day event managed only a .161 batting average against Garrison.

Damian, the designated player from College Station, provided plenty of powerful hitting for the Kats including a triple and a home run and three RBIs.

Isbell, the Kats' catcher from Katy, also had a hot hand at the plate leading Sam Houston with 11 total bases in the tournament including two home runs.

"It was exciting to see these three young women honored as all-tournament Sunday," SHSU head coach Bob Brock said. "The whole team gave everything they had to reach the finals. They showed they are real scrappers. While we lose five seniors, we're really excited about whose coming back for us next year and the foundation these players have build this season with their performances."

Sam Houston opened the tournament with a 6-1 loss to McNeese State that was stopped Friday night due to rain and lightning with the score tied 0-0 in the fourth inning. After completing the game against the Cowgirls on Saturday morning, Sam Houston came back to defeat Central Arkansas 1-0, A&M-Corpus Christi 2-0 and McNeese State 3-2.

The Bearkats fell 3-0 to regular season champion Texas State in the finals Sunday.

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