SAN MARCOS – Regan Blake of Texas State-San Marcos and Brandi Crnkovic of Sam Houston State battled in a pair of pitching duels in which the two teams combined for just four runs in 14 innings as the Bobcats swept a Southland Conference softball doubleheader by scores of 1-0 and 2-1.
With the two victories, Texas State-San Marcos climbs to 32-16 for the season and 21-4 in Southland Conference play. The Bobcats rank in first place in the league standings.
Sam Houston fell to 29-27 for the year and 14-12 in SLC action.
Blake pitched two complete games, allowing Sam Houston only six hits in her 14 innings of work while striking out 12 batters.
Crnkovic pitched a complete game in the first contest and five innings in the second. Morgan Mikulin pitched the other two innings. Bearkat pitching allowed the Bobcats 11 hits in the two games.
A run in the bottom of the first inning was enough for a Bobcat victory in the first game. The Bobcats scored as Kristina Tello led off with a single, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Leah Boatright.
Hailey Wiginton, Tanya Hooser, and Alex Survant all hit singles but no Bearkat base runner got farther than first base in the first six innings. Morgan Mikulin doubled in the top of the seventh, but the Kats could not get the run across.
Sam Houston took an early 1-0 lead as Tanya Hooser hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning. But Alex Newton slapped a run-scoring double to tie the contest in the bottom of the first.
McKenzie Baack hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the game winner.
Sam Houston State and Texas State-San Marcos will meet in the third and final game of the softball series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Bearkats will play host to Texas-San Antonio next weekend in the final regular season SLC series of 2008.
The 2008 Southland Conference post-season tournament begins May 8. The tournament will be hosted by Texas State-San Marcos.