HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats were one of the top stories of the Southland Conference Softball Tournament, and added a few more accolades to their ledger at its conclusion as Lindsey McLeod and Codi Carpenter were named to the all-tournament team.
The pair were each key parts of the Kats winning a pair of games and coming just one win shy of playing for a shot at the tournament championship, despite starting off the week as the No. 8 overall seed.
McLeod pitched in three of the four games, while Carpenter led a resurgent offense that scored 21 runs on the week. McLeod pitched 22.0 innings in her three games, picking up complete-game win in the opener against Central Arkansas to propel the Kats into the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
She turned around a day later and kept the Kats alive with a complete-game shutout of No. 2 Stephen F. Austin, punching out 11 hitters and allowing just three hits to the Ladyjacks. In all, she would finish with 21 strikeouts and a 2.23 ERA for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Carpenter went 6-for-12 in the four games, slugging .917 while reaching in eight of her 14 plate appearances. She had multi-hit games against UCA, Stephen F. Austin and in the Bearkats’ finale against Southeastern Louisiana.
Carpenter kicked off the week with a 2-for-3 game that included a pair of runs scored and a solo home runs in helping eliminate UCA from the tournament. Two games later she delivered another 2-for-2 day with a double and a run scored in the win over SFA before finishing out the week 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk against SLU.