The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX


April 19, 2014

SHSU SOFTBALL — Bearkats rally to defeat Abilene Christian 7-4 in series finale

HUNTSVILLE — Once again, the Bearkats found themselves trailing 2-0 to Abilene Christian after committing three errors that led to the two runs.

A clutch two-out, two-run single by first baseman Sarah Allison in the bottom of the first, a five-run explosion in the bottom of the fifth inning and a great pitching performance by starter Shelby Lancaster, led to  Sam Houston State’s 7-4 victory over the Wildcats to win the series.

“It’s nice to see us come back,” Bearkat coach Bob Brock said. “We got ourselves in a situation where I felt we needed to start Shelby (Lancaster) again in this game. She answered the call like she does all the time and I thought she did a great job.”

The Bearkats, who are in second place in the Southland Conference with a 13-7 record (24-20 overall) and trails league leader McNeese State understood the magnitude of winning the series because they could have dropped to third place with the loss.

“It was really important just to show ourselves that we can come back from a loss,” said Kats center fielder Jessica Slater, who went 1-for-3. “And to show our coaches that we’re in it to win it and we’re going to give it all that we can.”

The Wildcats (7-7 in Southland Conference, 18-24 overall) looked to be in control after scoring two runs in the top of the first.

Abilene Christian center fielder Madison Buckley led off the game with a single. A throwing error by Kats third baseman Hannah Marino allowed Buckley to reach third and designated player Paige Stevens to reach first.

Then, Wildcats catcher Lyndi Smith hit a grounder to Marino, who stepped on third base for the first out, but threw the ball away while trying to get Smith out at first.

Abilene Christian third baseman Courtney Flanary followed with a walk to loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly by right fielder Ashley Nolan brought in Stevens from third base while a throwing error on the relay throw by Allison allowed Smith to score the second run.

That did not faze the Kats and they knotted the contest up at 2 in the bottom of the first on Allison’s two-out, two-run single.

“I’ve been getting under the changeup the whole series,” said Allison, who finished the game going 2-for-3 and three RBIs. “I got under that one, but it landed just right. It played out well for us and we scored two runs and I was safe at first.”

The Wildcats were threatening in the top of the second inning when left fielder Anna Jones and second baseman Kaylee Crozier hit back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Tori Valdivia.

Jones tried to score from third on the routine grounder hit by Buckley, but was thrown out at home by second baseman Alyssa Coggins for the second out.

“I think we knew that we needed to keep the momentum,” Coggins said. “So I was just thinking, go home. It was a high throw, but Tiffany (Castillo) got the tag down in time and we got the call.”

Afterward, Lancaster got Stevens to fly out to end the threat.

Lancaster, who secured her ninth win of the year, kept the Wildcats at bay for the next four innings, retiring 12 out of 13 batters.

One of those outs came in the top of the fifth inning when Smith connected for a hard hit up the middle, but shortstop Tayler Gray dove to her left, snagged the ball and threw Smith out at first for the final out of the inning.

“I was just trying to keep my team in the game,” Lancaster said. “It was a tight ball game, so you’ve got to do what you can and not let them score.”

That allowed Sam Houston to break the deadlock in the bottom of the fifth inning with a five-run surge to take a 7-2 lead.

Kats right fielder Cecilia Castillo led off the inning with a double and with one out, advanced to third on a wild pitch by starting pitcher Peyton Mosley, who suffered the loss for the Wildcats.

On a suicide squeeze play, designated player Hilary Adams placed a perfect bunt that allowed Cecilia Castillo to beat the tag at home plate for the go-ahead run.

“My goal was to run as fast as I can to get there,” Cecilia Castillo said.

That was when the flood gates opened after Allison followed with a double that plated Jennie Kieval, who pinch ran for Adams, all the way from first base.

The Bearkats added three more runs to cap the five-run inning, courtesy of two Wildcat errors.

Though the Wildcats added two more runs in the top of the seventh to make it 7-4, Lancaster was able to get the necessary outs to seal the victory and the series.

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