AUSTIN – The Sam Houston State Bearkats dropped both games on Friday at the Texas Invitational against Ole Miss and No. 11 Texas at McCombs Field.
The Kats will continue Texas Invitational play on Saturday in a 10:00 a.m. in a rematch against Ole Miss, then playing later in the day at 6:00 pm against Tulsa. Both games will be aired on the Longhorn Network and able to be viewed online or on the ESPN app before being aired on tape delay.
Ole Miss 5, Sam Houston State 1 (Box Score)
A big three-run first inning for Ole Miss would prove to be too much for a Kats comeback. Junior Karina Sanchez was given the start, tossing three innings with four hits, five runs and one strikeout. Three of the four hits Ole Miss notched against Sanchez went yard.
Freshman pitcher Regan Dunn came in to relieve Sanchez in the top of the fourth, pitching lights out with six strikeouts and one hit.
Offensively the Kats struggled, with only Kyndal Kutac and Hunter Ervin collecting a hit apiece. Ervin's sixth-inning double set the table for the Kats' only run of the game as pinch runner Kayte Martinez came in to score on an RBI ground out.
Texas 9, Sam Houston State 1 (Box Score)
The Kats jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dunn reached on a fielding error by the Longhorns and eventually scored on an RBI ground out by Bailey White; but, it would be the only lead – and run –the Kats would score before the Longhorns offense and defense got going.
Senior Lindsey McLeod pitched three innings, facing 16 batters, with five hits, two strikeouts and four runs. On the other side, Texas pitcher Shealyn O’Leary fanned eight Bearkats in five innings.
A big five-run fifth pushed the Longhorns to run-rule territory, hitting through relief pitcher Annie Bailey, who started in the bottom of the fourth to relieve McLeod. The Longhorns pounded four singles and a couple of doubles against Bailey, scoring five runs in the inning. Sophomore Darby Fitzpatrick would come in to relieve Bailey, getting the last two outs of the inning.
The Longhorns got a quick 1-2-3 fifth to end the game early, closing the game early with a 9-1 score.