Bearkat softball clenches series against McNeese

Senior Tori Benavidez slapped four hits with a walk-off RBI to clench a three game weekend series against first place McNeese State 4-3 in Huntsville.

SHSU went on to win games two and three 9-3 and 4-3 in extra innings after being run-ruled 10-0 in the series opener.

Shortstop Tiffany Castillo connected for her eighth homerun of the season in the bottom of the first in game two to set the stage for a Bearkat rally. SHSU would remain strong at the plate into the sixth inning, accounting for eight runs between the third and sixth.

In recognition of Senior Day, all four seniors finished their Bearkat home season with hits. Benavidez swung 4-5 in game three while Kim Damien, Ashley Isbell and Shelbi Tucker accounted for a hit each.

“All season long we’ve played very well on Sunday and today was no exception,” head coach Bob Brock said. “Each senior contributed today. What a good recruiting class we had four years ago. The four have plenty of softball left ahead with the last week of the season and the tournament.”

The Cowgirls regained ground in the sixth to narrow SHSU’s lead 3-1 and went on to even the board in the seventh with two runs. Isbell lead off the bottom of the eighth reaching first on a hit-by-pitch followed by singles from Tucker and Alyssa Coggins.

Benavidez connected for a single to bring in the winning run and close the series.

Meme Quinn was in the circle and picked up the win for the Bearkats.

SHSU will cap off their regular season schedule on the road against conference opponent Northwestern State.

The first pitch for game one is at 1 p.m.

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