The Castillo sisters, Cecilia and Tiffany, and Hillary Adams combined for 13 of Sam Houston’s 26 hits as the Bearkats swept a Southland Conference softball doubleheader from Northwestern State Saturday in Natchitoches, La.
Sam Houston defeated the Demons 7-5 in extra innings in the opener and took the nightcap 6-3.
The victories extended the Kats’ current winning streak to five games.
The SHSU women now stand 20-17 for the year and 9-5 in Southland action. Northwestern State dropped to 17-17 for the season and 6-7 in the league.
Cecilia Castillo went 5-for-9 on the day, Tiffany was 4-for-8 and Adams 4-for-6 at the plate Saturday.
Adams, the Kats’ designated player, and Tiffany Castillo, SHSU’s catcher, hit back-to-back solo home runs to win the first game in eight innings.
Outfielder Cecilia Castillo got SHSU off to a strong start with an RBI double in the first inning. Adam’s RBI single game the Kats a 2-0 lead before the Demons had swung a bat.
Third baseman Tori Koerselman and left fielder Amy Pelton upped the lead to 4-0 with a pair of run-scoring singles in the second inning. Northwestern State rallied to score three runs in the fourth inning.
Hannah Marino walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-3. But the Demons rallied for a run in both the bottom of the fifth and the sixth to tie the game.
Shelby Lancaster started in the circle. Meme Quinn and Haley Baros both pitched in relief with Baros picking up the victory by finishing the final five and two third innings. Baros is 8-8 in the circle this season.
The Castillos continued their success at the plate in the nightcap as Cecillia doubled and scored on a single by Tiffany in the first inning.
Northwestern struck back for two runs in the bottom of the first
Two runs on a pair of Demon errors put the Bearkats back in front until another Northwestern State tally tied the contest in the fifth inning.
Koerselman’s RBI single in the sixth proved to be the winning run. A two-run homer by Tiffany Castillo in the seventh lengthened the Bearkat lead.
Lancaster upped her season pitching mark to 6-5 as the winner for the Bearkats after throwing for six and two-thirds innings in the second game.
The two teams meet for the third and final game of the series Sunday at 12 noon.