CLEARWATER, FL – Sam Houston took early leads in both their Friday softball games at the South Florida Classic only to fall to comeback efforts by their opponents.
A seven-run second inning gave Indiana all the scoring the Hoosiers needed for a 7-1 victory over Sam Houston State in the Bearkats’ second game in the South Florida Invitational Softball Tournament Friday morning.
Syracuse broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fifth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Bearkats, Sam Houston’s third loss of the tournament.
Alex Survant started the Indiana game with a walk. She reached second on a balk, moved to third on a ground out to second by Sarah Parich, and then scored on another balk.
Indiana scored its seven runs on five hits and two Bearkat errors in the bottom of the second.
Sam Houston totaled seven hits and had five batters walk but left 11 runners on base. The Bearkats loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third inning, but Janaye Richardson struck out and Amanda Lindsey flew out to center field.
Brandi Crnkovic started for the Bearkats and drew the loss. She gave up five hits in two innings, striking out two and walking four. Morgan Mikulin pitched the final four innings in relief.
Survant started the Syracuse game with a walk as well, scoring in the bottom of the first inning on a single by Mikulin.
Syracuse scored two runs on four hits to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. The Bearkats tied the contest 2-2 in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Whitney Wilson.
Hallie Gibbs singled in the fifth inning to score Eva Anderson for the winning run. Anderson singled to start the inning and reached second on a sacrifice bunt.
Sam Houston totaled five hits in the game with Wilson going 2-for-3. Mikulin was the losing pitcher, giving up nine hits in seven innings, striking out one batter.
IIn the Bearkats' first game of the tournament Thursday, Brittany Mathews, who ranks among the top 10 in NCAA Division I softball in strike outs this season, shut out Sam Houston State as Kennesaw State blanked the Bearkats 3-0 in the first round of the University of South Florida Softball Invitational Thursday.
Mathews struck out eight of the 24 batters she faced. Alex Survant, Morgan Mikulin, and Tanya Hooser each produced a single for the Bearkats.
Kennesaw scored a run in the first, second, and sixth innings. Jenna Closner hit a solo home run in the second inning.
Mikulin was the losing pitcher, giving up six hits while striking out three batters.