Bearkat softball proves third time is a charm

HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State was run-ruled by the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, who totaled 10 hits in five innings to win 9-0 in the third and final game of a Southland Conference softball series at Bearkat Softball Complex.

The Bearkats took game one of the doubleheader against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders by the score of 1-0.

The only run of the game came in the bottom of the third on a double by leftfielder Alex Survant that scored secondbaseman Alyssa Coggins, who led off the inning with a single.

Starting pitcher Tomi Garrison went the distance for the shutout win, giving up two hits, striking out six and walked two.

The Bearkats picked up from where they started as they defeated the Islanders 5-2 in game 2.

Centerfielder Tori Benavidez hit her first homerun of the season that gave the Kats a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

The Kats would score two in the bottom of the fourth on RBI doubles by thirdbaseman Shelbi Tucker and rightfielder Erin Burford, respectively.

Burford hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning that increased the lead to 5-0. It was her first of the season.

Starting pitcher Shelby Lancaster got the win, going 4 1/3 innings, striking out two and walked two, while Tomi Garrison got the save, pitching 2 2/3 innings in relieve.

“She is the real deal,” Head Coach Bob Brock said. “She can start and come in for relieve and we are excited about that.”

“It’s a big win for us,” Lancaster said. “I believe that if we continue to play our game, we will be fine.”



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