Box Score (Game 1)
Box Score (Game 2)
CONWAY, Ark. – It was a successful, and historic, day for the Sam Houston State softball team as the Bearkats took both ends of a doubleheader over Central Arkansas on Friday at Farris Field.
The Kats (11-14, 3-2 SLC) used a dominant pitching performance from staff ace Lindsey McLeod in the opener to take down UCA (12-15, 1-4 SLC) by a 3-1 count in the opener, then saw its offense erupt in a 10-2 run-rule victory in Game 2.
Aside from the day’s sweep, setting the Kats up for a possible series sweep on Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Bears, the headline of the day was McLeod in the day’s opener. The senior entered the game needing eight strikeouts to take her spot at the top of the SHSU all-time strikeout list.
The Austin native punched out 11 Bears in the game, allowing just one hit on one run in a complete-game effort for her sixth victory of the year. The 11 strikeouts– along with two more in the nightcap – gives her 534 for her career, moving her past Brandi Crnkovic, who struck out 528 from 2006 to 2009.
The lone run came on a solo homer from Kaylyn Shepherd in the sixth inning, just one batter after she had struck out Kayla Crutchmer for the record. Still, that run came after the Kats had already established a 3-0 lead and was all UCA would get in the game.
That is due in large part to the Bearkat offense who got to UCA ace Rio Sanchez for nine hits, two of which came from Taylar Fuselier. Ashley Goetz, Regan Dunn and Tiffany Thompson all picked up RBI in the game.
The offense carried over into the nightcap where Sam Houston scored in each of the first four innings, piling up the runs against UCA starter Rachel Haberman before getting after three more UCA arms.
Regan Dunn picked up her third win of the season, striking out a pair of hitters and allowing two runs on four hits in 4.1 innings.
White’s RBI double kicked off the scoring in the first, but it was Megan McDonald’s three-RBI triple in a five-run Bearkat second inning. She also scored on an error on the play, giving SHSU a 6-1 lead through just two innings,.
SHSU scored two more times in the third, then added a two-run double by Malia in the fourth before Dunn and McLeod teamed up to shut UCA down the rest of the way to bring the run-rule into effect.