HAMMOND, La. – The Sam Houston State Bearkats pounded out 20 hits in two games against Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, but dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Lions at North Oak Park.
The opening doubleheader of the series had no shortage of runs with 24 runs being scored between the two teams. Although the Kats had 20 hits throughout the day errors and stranded base runners was too much to overcome for the Kats as they 8-4 in the opener and 9-3 in the nightcap.
Sam Houston (20-24, 11-12 SLC) had runners on the bases throughout the day, but finished 16 runners left on base in the twinbill. Meanwhile, Southeastern Louisiana (25-25, 11-12 SLC) made a strong push for the SLC tournament moving from ninth place at the start of the day to a three-way tie with SHSU and Central Arkansas for fifth place with their two wins.
Sam Houston senior Tori Koerselman led the way offensively, hitting safely in all seven of her at-bats with three RBI, including a 4-for-4 outing in Game 2. Megan Crosby also drove in three runs of her own by virtue of the long ball in Game 1. Freshman Casey Kauder also drove in a RBI in the nightcap.
The Lions, however, put pressure on the Kats on the bases throughout the day. SLU, who entered the weekend ranked second in the nation in stolen bases finished with 10 swipes in the two-game set. Additionally, the Lions had five batters who drove in two or more runs in the doubleheader and three runners with two or more stolen bases. Kinsey Nichols put her best foot forward for the Lions with four hits on the day while driving in two runs, scoring three of her own, and stealing three bases.
The Kats will wrap up their series with the Lions with a single game on Saturday looking to bounce back from a doubleheader sweep. First pitch is set for noon from North Oak Park.
Game 1 – Box Score
Southeastern Louisiana 8, Sam Houston 4
The Bearkats offense managed to outhit the Lions 11-10 but finished with eight runners left on base, while five Bearkat errors spelled doom in the front half of the doubleheader. Crosby hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to give her the team lead while Megan McDonald, Codi Carpenter, and Koerselman all had multi-hit games.
Alley McDonald picked up her third win on the season in a five-inning appearance, while the offense picked up six stolen bases. Mahalia Gibson, Kalyn Watts, and Kinsey Nichols both drove in two runs each for the Lions while Nichols went 3-for-3 on the day and stealing two bases.
The Bearkats drew first blood with a leadoff single by Katie Andrie. After a Samantha Belongia sacrifice bunt, and singles from McDonald, Carpenter, and Koerselmann, Andrie found her way back at home plate to give the Kats the early one run advantage.
The Lions quickly answered the Bearkats run with two of their own in the bottom half of the third. Nichols started the action with a one out single before stealing second base. Gibson then drove Nichols home with a single of her own and advancing to second on the throw. Ali McCoy then reached on a fielding error by the Kats allowing Gibson to be the second run of the day for the Lions.
Whitney Sullivan started the inning for the Lions with a leadoff triple before Alli Daigle got to first base on the virtue of hit-by-pitch. Kalyn Watts then delivered for the Lions with a one out single driving in two more runs while advancing to second on the throw as well. Jaquelyn Ramon then bunted her way on base before stealing second to put runners on second and third. Nichols then delivered big for the Lions with a double down the left field line adding two more runs to the Lion's advantage. Gibson then drove in the final run of the inning with a triple to right center.
The Bearkats flexed their offensive muscles in the top of the sixth thanks to a Carpenter leadoff double. Ashley Kopps would then come in to pinch run for Carpenter before moving to third base off a Koerselman single to left. Crosby then cleared the bases with her team-leading sixth bomb of the year. Ashley Goetz and Casey Kauder decided to get in on the action as well with back-to-back singles of their own before McDonald joined them to load the bases with a two out single but the Kats could not manage anything else.
Ramon lead off the inning for the Lions reaching first on a Bearkat fielding error and eventually would steal second and before home plate thanks to two Bearkat throwing errors. After a Nichols double the Bearkats defense would stiffen up forcing a double play to end the inning.
Game 2 – Box Score
Southeastern Louisiana 9, Sam Houston 3
Sam Houston managed to get 10 hits in the nightcap, but Southeastern's offensive firepower and speed was too much to overcome as the Kats dropped the nightcap of the doubleheader. Koerselman went 4-4 in the game with two RBI, and Thompson added two more hits of her own. Kauder drove in Sam Houston's third run of the game in the top of the 5th but the Kats couldn't get any more runs across the plate.
Lacey Hill pitched five innings in the circle for the Lions allowing three runs off eight hits which was enough for her to pick up her ninth win of the season. Watts proved to be multi-purpose for the Lions going 1-4 while driving a run in and stealing three bases. McCoy delivered for the Lions as well with a 2-2 outing and drove in two runs. Mychal Truxillo only needed one at-bat for the Lions to drive in two runs as well.
Watts lead off the Lions with a single before stealing second and third. Ramon then followed Watts driving her in with a single up the middle. After Gibson drew a walk McCoy hit a RBI double to right field.
The Bearkats rallied after a quick two outs to start the inning after McDonald singled up the middle and stole second base. Tiffany Thompson followed McDonald with a single to put runners on the corners before Carpenter drew a walk to load the bases. Koerselman then delivered in the clutch with a two-RBI single to tie the game.
Nichols was the first batter to reach base when she drew a one out walk before eventually stealing second one batter later. Mattie Ort, McCoy and Sullivan then hit back-to-back-to-back RBI extra-base hits before Sullivan was thrown out trying to advance to third to end the inning.
Daigle started the Lion half-inning with a leadoff double to right field, one batter later Daigle found herself at third base after a wild pitch. Watts then would reach due to a Bearkat error driving Daigle across home plate. After advancing to second base off a Ramon grounder and stealing third, Watts would cross home when Nichols reached on a Bearkat error.
Thompson singled the 3-2 pitch to the shortstop to lead off the inning, two batters later Koerselman would hit a one out single. Kauder then delivered for the Kats on the first pitch she saw with a RBI single up the middle but the Kats couldn't get anything else in the frame.
The Lions quickly answered the offensive production of the Bearkats, McCoy drew a one-out walk and would advance to third off a Sullivan single. Sutton would come in to pinch run for Sullivan and eventually steal second base. Pinch hitter Truxillo answered the bell with a two-RBI double down the left field line. Kauder then entered the circle and forced a fly out to clean up the inning.