SOFTBALL: Another Doubleheader Swept

Written by Eric 'WizKid' Odom. Posted in Local Sports

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SHSU Bearkat Softball 07 (Courtesy GoBearkats.com)

Published on April 10, 2012 by Eric 'WizKid' Odom

GoBearkats.com Home runs by Hillary Adams, Kim Damian, Ashley Isbell, Tori Benavidez powered Sam Houston to a doubleheader sweep of Texas Southern Tuesday night at Bearkat Softball Complex.

The Bearkats shutout the Tigers 5-0 in the opener and came from a three-run deficit to take the nightcap 8-3.

The victories put Sam Houston above the .500 mark for the first time this season as the Kats now stand 17-16. The SHSU softball team has won 16 of its last 19 contests. Texas Southern dropped to 17-12 for the season.

With the two wins Sam Houston head coach pulls within two more coaching wins of chalking up his 1,000 career victory. Brock has compiled a lifetime record of 998-602-1 in his 27 seasons as coach at Sam Houston, Texas A&M and Baylor.

A two-run double in the first inning by third baseman Shelbi Tucker and a two-run homer to left center by Damian in the second frame got the Bearkats off to a quick 4-0 start in the opening game. The home run was Damian’s seventh of the season.

Adams put a solo shot over the left field fence to make the score 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The homer was Adams’ third in her last two outings and her sixth of the season.

Freshman Meme Quinn (4-2) started, allowing one hit and striking out five batters in five innings. Haley Baros pitched the final two innings.

A two-run homer by designated hitter Brianna Parker and a triple by right fielder Jessica Miller in the top of the third inning of the nightcap put Texas Southern up 3-0. Sam Houston picked up its first run in the bottom of the third as Damian doubled, then scored on a double by shortstop Sarah Allison.

An RBI single by Damian and a two-run triple by Benavidez in the bottom of fourth put the Kats back in charge 4-3. Catcher Ashley Isbell added a two-run homer in the fifth.

Shelby Lancaster (7-5) was the winning pitcher in relief in the second game.

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