SAN MARCOS – The Sam Houston State Bearkats erased an early deficit and rallied for a 4-3 road win in eight innings over Texas State on Wednesday night the Bobcat Softball Stadium.
The Kats (5-6) got down early, 2-0, after the Bobcats (5-5) struck for a pair on a two-run single by Hailey McKay in the opening inning off of SHSU starter Regan Dunn, but Texas State's chances would be few and far between the rest of the way.
Dunn rebounded to give SHSU a solid 3.1 innings before turning the ball over to Lindsey McLeod, who struck out five hitters in 4.2 innings of relief to earn her second win of the season. Meagan King took the loss for Texas State despite not allowing an earned run, giving up two runs in the decisive eighth inning.
Tiffany Thompson and Bailey White had two hits apiece for the Kats, with Thompson delivering a leadoff double in the eighth that put her in position to eventually score the go-ahead run. Karlee Canada made the most of her only hit of the night, a game-tying RBI single in the sixth, and Brooke Malia drove what turned out to be a key insurance run with an RBI single as well in the top of the eighth.
The Kats head to Austin where they will take part in the Texas Invitational. Over the course of the weekend they will face off against Ole Miss, Texas and Tulsa – all who were contenders in the NCAA Tournament a season ago. Each game of the Texas Invitational will be aired through the Longhorn Network and the WatchESPN app.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The game started a little rough for Dunn, when a hit by pitch and a walk would help Texas State to a two-run inning capped by a two single from MacKay. Dunn tossed 3.1 innings with three hits and two runs before senior Lindsey McLeod came in to relieve her of her duties.
A strong 4.2 innings from McLeod, with three hits, one run and five strikeouts, helped the Kats keep in striking distance throughout the ball game.
The Kats scored their first run of the ballgame in the fifth inning when Taylor Fuselier singled and eventually scored from third base on a Bobcat wild pitch. One inning later the Kats tied things up in the top of the sixth with a single by Canada, scoring Kayte Martinez. A scoreless seventh pushed the game into extra innings.
The Kats were fast to strike in the eighth, starting with a double to left field from Thompson. A throwing error from the Bobcat’s shortstop helped push the Kats to a 3-2 lead, and an additional run off a RBI single from second baseman Malia would prove to be crucial.
That was due to the Bobcats making things interesting with a solo homer from Arieann Bell with one out in the bottom half of the inning, but McLeod closed things out for the Kats with her fifth strikeout of the evening.