HUNTSVILLE-- Brandi Crnkovic pitched her second no-hitter in consecutive days as the junior right-hander from Caldwell led Sam Houston State to a 2-1 victory over Houston Baptist in the first game of a non-conference softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.
Morgan Mikulin was almost as flawness in the nightcap, shutting out the Huskies 8-0 while giving up only one hit in the six-inning game.
Crnkovic, who threw a five-inning no-hitter on Tuesday in an 11-0 victory over Texas Southern, faced 26 batters, striking out four and walking three.
The no-hitter was the third of the season for Crnkovic and the fourth of her career at Sam Houston. Wednesday's game, however, was her first seven-inning no-hitter at SHSU.
In all my years of softball, I've never had a pitcher throw no-hitters on back-to-back days, Bearkat head coach Bob Brock said. Brandi has been so more relaxed out there lately. She's very capable of performances like today and yesterday. It's great to watch her perform.
Mikulin faced 21 batters in her six innings in the second game, striking out five while walking only one.
First baseman Amy Brown was the hitting star of the doubleheader. Her solo home run to left field in the sixth inning provided the winning margin for the Bearkats. Then in the second game, she went 2-for-4 with two run-scoring doubles
Houston Baptist struck first, however, scoring a run in the top of the third inning of the first game on two Bearkat errors. Jaymie Heibel was safe on an error at shortstop and scored on an error at third base on a grounder by Anna Barren with two out.
Back-to-back singles by Morgan Mikulin and Amy Brown with one out in the bottom of the fourth started a Bearkat rally. Tanya Hooser singled to score Brown and tie the contest at 1-1.
A brief spurt of rain delayed the first game for 20 minutes with two out in the top of the fifth inning.
Sam Houston totaled eight runs on 12 hits in the nightcap. Hailey Wiginton, Kendra Spivey, and Mikulin each had two hits.
Sam Houston State upped its record to 25-10 while Houston Baptist dropped to 20-12.