AUSTIN – The Sam Houston State Bearkats found themselves on the wrong end of a pair of one-run games at the second day of the Texas Invitational, losing to Ole Miss and Tulsa at McCombs Field.
The Kats will finish up the Texas Invitational on Sunday in a 12:30 pm rematch against Tulsa. The game 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 2, Sam Houston State 1 (Box Score)
Just like yesterday’s match up, Ole Miss was able to strike first plating one run in the bottom of the first. Sophomore pitcher Annie Bailey was able to keep the Kats in the ballgame, pitching a solid 4.2 innings with five hits, one strikeout and one run.
The Kats tied the ballgame up in the top of the fourth when Bailey White doubled down the right field line, with Karlee Canada coming in to pinch run. Second baseman Brooke Malia advanced Canada to third base on an infield single, and Canada scored from third on a throwing error by the Ole Miss third baseman.
In the bottom of the fifth, freshman pitcher Regan Dunn came in to relieve Bailey of her duties. Dunn pitched 1.1 innings with one hit, one strikeout and one run. The lone run came in the bottom of the sixth when Ole Miss reached on a fielding error. With the help of a double and a couple of fly outs, Ole Miss was able to plate the lone run they needed to win the ballgame.
Tulsa 3, Sam Houston State 2 (Box Score)
In the second game of the day for the Kats, senior pitcher Lindsey McLeod was given the ball. McLeod logged 6.0 innings with six hits, two strikeouts and three runs. Offensively the Kats collected a team total of six hits, two coming from left fielder Karlee Canada.
Tulsa would score first in the bottom of the second, with the game staying 1-0 until the top of the sixth. Second baseman Brooke Malia doubled to left center, and an RBI single to center field by freshman third baseman Kyndal Kutac would tie the game up 1-1. In the top of seventh, the Kats would take a 2-1 lead with the help of singles from Canada, Hunter Ervin and Megan McDonald.
The lead would be short-lived though when Tulsa came striking back, tying things up 2-2 on a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. With the help of a walk and an RBI single, the Hurricanes won the ballgame in walk-off fashion 3-2.