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March 23, 2014

SHSU SOFTBALL — Bearkats have double the fun

New career home run record set, no-hitter thrown in doubleheader sweep over Nicholls

HUNTSVILLE — Thanks to a record-setting performance by Hillary Adams and a no-hitter by Shelby Lancaster, the Bearkats made short work of Nicholls.

Sam Houston State shut out the Colonels in both games of the doubleheader, winning 6-0 and 2-0 Saturday.

“We needed to be putting a couple games together and we did that,” Bearkat coach Bob Brock said of the doubleheader sweep. “We really did good.”

Lancaster jump-started the Bearkats (4-4 in Southland Conference action, 14-15 overall) with her second career no-hitter in the 6-0 victory in the first game and the 22nd in the history of the program.

Lancaster, who got her third win of the season, mixed her fastball, drop ball and changeup that resulted in 14 groundouts, four fly outs, a liner and a strike out.

“My strategy in that game was to keep the ball on the ground and produce ground balls,” Lancaster said. “That is what I tried to focus on and it ended up working for me.”

Sam Houston struck first in the bottom of the first inning.

Second baseman Alyssa Coggins, started the rally with a one-out bloop single to left field.

Third baseman Tori Koerselman followed with a walk to put baserunners on first and second.

Then catcher Tiffany Castillo singled up the middle to drive in the first run of the game.

With one out, Colonels right fielder Colleen Levy hit a routine ground ball to Lancaster.

But Lancaster threw the ball away which allowed Levy to reach second.

However, it did not faze Lancaster and she got two consecutive groundouts to end the threat.

Lancaster again was able to get out of hot water after forcing catcher Brittany Marcet to ground out to end the inning.

Sam Houston tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth inning and took a 2-0 lead on a RBI single by Jessica Slater.

Then the Kats were able to get a huge cushion in the bottom of the fifth when designated player Hilary Adams launched a two out, three-run moonshot over the left-center-field fence to increase the lead to 5-0.

The home run was Adams’ sixth of the season and 28th of her career that broke the career mark of 27 that was held by Kim Damian and set last season.

“I was just looking for a good pitch to hit,” Adams said. “It was inside, I swung and I hit it really far.”

“I just wanted to hit a line drive in the gap and it went over the scoreboard.” Adams added. “I’ll take it.”

Sam Houston added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 6-0 on a RBI double by shortstop Tayler Gray.

Lancaster retired the side in the top of the seventh inning to secure the no-hitter.

In the nightcap, Meme Quinn’s dominance in the second game was enough to help the Bearkats earn a 2-0 victory.

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