April 13-14 • Corpus Christi, Texas • Chapman Field
Sam Houston State (14-26, 6-9 Southland) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9-28-1, 1-14 Southland)
Game 1: April 13 • 1:00 pm • Live Stats • @BearkatsSB on Twitter
Game 2: April 13 • 3:00 pm • Live Stats • @BearkatsSB on Twitter
Game 3: April 14 • 12:00 pm • Live Stats • @BearkatsSB on Twitter
HUNTSVILLE – With Sam Houston State on the outside looking in of the Southland Conference Tournament field more halfway through SLC play, the Bearkats will look to pick up some crucial ground in the standings this weekend at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as they look to secure their third straight Southland Conference tournament berth.
Sam Houston started off 4-0 in conference play, but lost five straight before picking up two wins in the last six games, including an 8-4 win to close out the weekend series against Lamar last weekend. Sam Houston has won just one game in each of their last three series but will look to snap that streak and get back to their early successes this weekend against the Islanders.
The teams provided a scintillating series in 2017 when the Islanders traveled to Huntsville. The teams split a doubleheader on the opening day, but the Bearkats won the rubber match 4-2 to capture the series. The Islanders won the opening game in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel, but the Kats bounced back in the finale.
A&M-Corpus Christi has had a rough year in Southland play with their lone victory in 15 outings having come against Abilene Christian. The Islanders have dropped their last four games by a combined 24 runs after picking up the 7-0 victory against ACU on March 30th.
Kayla Sheridan paces the Islander offense as the only player with an above .300 average at .325, a mark that ranks fourth in the Southland, while also ranking seventh with 15 stolen bases. Meanwhile, Ashley Smith has fronted their pitching staff, ranking third in the Southland with a total of 124.1 innings in the circle.
For the Bearkats, Megan McDonald has been the most consistent at the plate over the year as she boasts a .299 average in her 117 at-bats. Codi Carpenter and Bailey White have shown they know how to bring runs across the plate with a team-high 17 RBIs apiece. In the circle, Lindsey McLeod continues to pace all players in the league with 145 strikeouts, getting there with six games with 10+ punchouts.
With just 13 games remaining in the regular season, her 145 strikeouts is only five shy of moving into the single-season top five of strikeouts at at SHSU, and 55 away from Brandi Crnkovic's school record of 200 set in 2007.