Softball falls to HBU, prepares for A&M

The Sam Houston State University softball team fell to the Houston Baptist University Huskies at the Bearkat softball complex over the weekend.


On Saturday, the Bearkats fell to the Huskies 16-6 in a run rule defeat.


The Bearkats had 11 hits in Saturday’s game. Freshmen first baseman Codi Carpenter, freshman infielder Ashley Goetz, freshman oufielder Bailey Watson and junior infielder Breanna Homer posted two hits a piece while senior infielder Dani Allen, senior infielder Katie Doerre and senior shortstop Tiffany Castillo posted a hit each.


Watson earned two runs in Saturday’s game, while Allen, Homer, Castillo and junior infielder Casey Sax posted a point each. Homer and Goetz each had one RBI apiece while Carpenter earned two.


Junior pitcher Tayler Atkinson lost in the circle to HBU’s senior pitcher Laci Belovsky. Freshman infielder Jade Alford, sophomore pitcher Jordan Franks and freshman Lindsey McLeod all stepped in as relief pitcher.


In Friday’s doubleheader against the Huskies the Bearkats were victorious 5-4 in the first game but were defeated in the nightcap 3-2.


The Bearkats were down two points by the start of the bottom of the first inning until Allen scored the first point of the game.


In the bottom of the second, Homer hit her eighth homerun of the season, which brought in Watson to earn the Bearkats two points.


Carpenter proceeded to score off a pop fly from left fielder and senior outfielder Jennie Kieval, which ended the second inning with the Bearkats in the lead 4-3.


McLeod was victorious in the circle as a relief and allowed only three hits in the last five innings. The freshman also struck out six of the 21 batters she faced.


In the nightcap, Castillo posted her 26th career home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning.  Castillo is currently ranked fourth for career homeruns as a Bearkat and is one hit away from Kim Damian in third place who had 27.


The only other run of the night came from Doerre who scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the second inning.


The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when the Huskies hit an RBI and a run scored on a misthrow allowed HBU to tie the game by the top of the seventh.


Franks started the nightcap in the circle where she struck out four batters and allowed only six hits in five innings, but McLeod earned the loss as relief.


After last weekend’s series the Bearkats are ranked eighth in Southland Conference play with a record of 7-11 and have an overall record of 15-25.


The Bearkats were expected to play Texas Southern on Tuesday, but due to weather conditions the series was canceled.


Today, SHSU will take on Texas A&M in a non-conference double header at the Bearkat Softball Complex with the first game at 4:30 p.m. The nightcap will start 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.

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