HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State softball team took a pair of games against the Lamar Cardinals on Friday at the Bearkat Softball Complex.
Catcher Bailey White broke the first game wide open with a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the third, with the help of senior ace Lindsey McLeod’s 12 strikeouts. The second game of the series had to go 13 innings before a winner prevailed, with the Kats winning on a walk-off error by Lamar’s shortstop.
The Bearkats' 13-inning win in Game 2 ties as the second longest softball game ever played by a Sam Houston team. The school record was a 2-1 home loss to Texas A&M that lasted 14 innings in 2009. Previous 13-inning contests include a 1-0 loss at Baylor in 1982 and a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Stephen F. Austin in Huntsville in 2004.
The Kats (14-14, 6-2 SLC) will look to sweep the series against Lamar on Saturday at 12 pm in a game that will be aired on ESPN+.
GAME 1 (Box Score)
Sam Houston State 5, Lamar 2
The Kats had six hits in game one, coming from six of the nine batters in the lineup. The Kats struck first in the bottom of the second when Kyndal Kutac reached base via a walk, scoring on an RBI single by Karlee Canada. Canada would later steal third base, scoring when the third baseman’s throw ended up in left field.
Sam Houston scored an additional three runs in the bottom of the third off a three-run shot over the left field wall by White, her second homer of the season.
McLeod had another great showing in the circle, pitching 7.0 innings with four hits, two runs and 12 strikeouts.
GAME 2 (Box Score)
Sam Houston State 3, Lamar 2 (13 inn.)
The second game of the day took 13 innings before a winner prevailed.
Junior pitcher Karina Sanchez started the game, pitching 3.0 innings with four hits and one run. Freshman Regan Dunn checked into the ball game in the top of the fourth, pitching 5.0 innings with three hits, one run and seven strikeouts.
Lamar plated the first couple of runs in the ball game, getting runs in the top of the second and fourth inning. The Kats trailed until the bottom of the fifth when a leadoff infield single from Sheridan Fisher and a walk to Tiffany Thompson led to a two-run inning for Sam Houston when center fielder Megan McDonald hit a two-RBI triple down the left field line.
But seven innings wasn’t enough for this game to be called. McLeod checked into the game in the top of the ninth inning and had an absolute dominant performance, pitching 5.0 innings with one hit and 11 strikeouts.
Six extra innings later, the Kats walked it off by a bad throw to first base from the short stop. Brooke Malia hit a hard ground ball between the third baseman and short stop, and McDonald scored from second base off of the errant throw. The Kats would pull out the win 3-2, advancing to 6-2 in SLC play.