Facing a possible five-game losing streak after dropping the first contest of a doubleheader to Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, junior Stephanie Mosley came up with the big hit Sam Houston State has been waiting for.

Mosley ripped a two-out triple to right-center field with two runners on in the top of the seventh inning to score the go-ahead runs, as the Bearkats (16-25 overall, 9-11 in SLC play) handed the Lion’s (10-27, 6-14) a 3-1 setback to split the first two games of the Southland Conference series at North Oak Park.

Mosley’s hit couldn’t have come at a better time for SHSU. A week after being swept by Texas-San Antonio, in which 26 runners were left on base, the Bearkats were in desperate need of a clutch hit to break out of a slump that carried over into a 3-0 loss to Southeastern in Game 1 Friday.

With the score tied 1-1 heading into the seventh of the night cap, pitcher Shalayne Blythe, who relieved starter Brandi Crnkovic in the fifth, led the inning off with a single. Freshman Kendra Spivey followed with a fielder’s choice and quickly stole second base before advancing to third on a wild pitch.

After pinch hitter Danyell Hines grounded out to first, senior Lauren Boone drew a walk to setup Mosley’s game winner.

Blythe allowed the first two batters to reach in the bottom half of the frame, but retired the next three behind the solid play of the infield to pick up her 10th win of the season.

Crnkovic pitched three scoreless innings to start the game before giving up a run on four hits in the fourth. The freshman went 4 1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits with one strike out in the no decision.

The Bearkats other run came in the top of the third when Lisa Marek scored on a sacrifice fly by Mosley.

In Game 1, the Lions scored three runs on two hits and an error in the first off Blythe, which proved to be enough as the Bearkat offense struggled at the plate. SHSU collected four hits and stranded six runners in the loss.

Mosley, Boone, Elizabeth Gibson and Amanda Collier all hit safely in the loss.

Blythe settled down after the first and allowed only three hits the rest on the way in six innings.

The teams will finish the series today with a rubber match beginning at noon.

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