Kats’ softball team drops fifth straight after sweep

The Sam Houston State University women’s softball team (15-24, 8-11 SLC) was swept in three games against Texas-San Antonio (21-11, 13-5 SLC) last weekend, extending the team’s losing streak to five straight.

The Kats kicked off last weekend’s series in Huntsville with a doubleheader Saturday. Game one was a tough 4-2 loss in eight innings.

It was a game dominated by the pitching of both teams until the final frame. In the second inning, UTSA went up 1-0 when third baseman Brittany Cantu scored off of a single to left center by Stevi Simpson, who went 3-for-4 for the game.

The Kats would answer back in the bottom of the second when shortstop Tanya Hooser drew a walk. Hooser would then steal second and advance to third on a Sarah Parich single. Kendra Spivey then hit a single to drive Hooser home, tying the game. That score carried into extra innings, with both starting pitchers being relieved in the seventh.

The top of the eighth started with a walk for UTSA. The Roadrunners would then rally to a four-run inning, falling one at bat short of batting around. SHSU could answer back with only one run in the bottom frame.

Game two of the doubleheader put pitcher Brandi Crnkovic on the mound for the Kats. Crnkovic dominated the UTSA hitters early on, striking out nine and walking only four in her seven innings of work. She also had a no-hitter through five innings.

Going into the sixth, SHSU was up 1-0. The run came in the fourth when Lauren Boone scored from third on an illegal pitch call. Boone, a second baseman, scored the team’s only run of the game.

In the sixth inning, UTSA’s Jessica Els hit a double. The next batter, infielder Aimee Murray, blasted a two-run homerun to give the Roadrunners a lead they would not relinquish. Simpson would hit a homerun in the seventh to seal the victory 3-1.

The last game of the series was played Sunday. UTSA jumped on top early in the first. Torres hit a lead-off single, advanced to second on a single by Murray and then stole third. Cantu singled to second, driving home Torres for a one run lead.

Torres would score both of the Roadrunners’ runs, her second run coming in the third inning. After advancing to first on an error and second on a wild pitch, Murray hit a double to drive Torres home. Boone would score on a single by Mosley in the bottom of the frame, but it would be the Kats’ only run of the game.

Shalayne Blythe pitched well in both her weekend starts but was tagged with Saturday’s first game and Sunday’s losses.

The team’s losses are not stemming from the mound though.

“Unfortunately when you are losing, things point to the offense,” head coach Bob Brock said. “We are getting hits but not with runners in scoring position. It’s just a combination of things. We can definitely say we were in these games, but we lost them late.”

SHSU will travel to Hammond Friday to kick off a three-game series against Southeastern Louisiana.

The doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m. Friday and the game on Saturday will start at noon.

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