GoBearkats.com First baseman Kim Damian went 4-for-6 to lead Sam Houston to a Southland Conference softball doubleheader sweep as the Bearkats defeated Stephen F. Austin 5-2 twice Tuesday.
Sam Houston upped its season record to 10-15 and now stands 4-2 in Southland play. SFA dropped to 8-20 for the season and 1-5 in league action. Senior right-hander Tomi Garrison was the winning pitcher in the first game and picked up her second save of the year in the nightcap.
“I think it’s real important because traditionally, they are our archrivals,” Bearkats head coach Bob Brock said. “We like for them to come over here and visit us and take care of some business. It really felt good.”
Home runs by catcher Hillary Adams and third baseman Shelbi Tucker powered the Bearkats to a victory in the opening game.
Sam Houston jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as center fielder Tori Benavidez led off with a single and scored on an error and shortstop Sarah Allison added an RBI single to go with Adams’ two-run homer. Tucker hit her home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Stephen F. Austin scored its first run in the top of the fifth after second baseman Jessica Arena singled and pinch runner Brittany Lee later scored on an error on a bunt. Left fielder Bethany Brown led off the sixth inning with a home run to center field.
Garrison (5-7) spread six hits over seven innings and struck out seven of the 27 batters she faced to earn the victory in the circle. Charlie Thomas was the losing pitcher for SFA.
Second game starting pitcher Shelby Lancaster got into trouble in the top of the first inning with a pair of walks after a two-out double by first baseman Jessica Arana and a single by third baseman Cadie Weaver to give SFA a 1-0 lead.
Four unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning put Sam Houston on top. Allison reached on a error and Tucker and catcher Ashley Isbell both walked to load the bases. Cecilia Castillo’s pinch hit single scored two runs. Isbell scored on a wild pitch. Second baseman Alyssa Coggins singled in the fourth run.
SFA got one run back in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Kym Rigard.
Shelby Lancaster (4-5) was the winning pitcher for Sam Houston in the second game.