HUNTSVILLE – Amanda Lindsey blasted a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Sam Houston State a 2-1 victory in the second game of a Southland Conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Bearkat Softball Stadium.
Kristin Kappler hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to give UTSA a 1-0 win in the first game.
The doubleheader split lifted Sam Houston to 30-29 for the year and 15-14 in league action while UTSA stands 24-24 for the year and 19-10 in the SLC standings.
In the first contest, Sam Houston out-hit the Roadrunners 5-4 and also had three runners get on base on UTSA errors. But the Bearkats left all eight runners stranded.
Brandi Crnkovic (15-17) had given up only two hits in the first six innings before Kappler’s bomb bounced off the top of the right field fence, then went over for her third home run of the year. Crnkovic stuck out seven Roadrunner batters.
Danye Holmes (9-6) was the winner in the circle for UTSA, striking out five Bearkats.
Morgan Mikulin (15-12) got the pitching victory for the Bearkats in the second, spreading four hits over six innings. She struck out two Roadrunners. Crnkovic pitched the final inning to pick up her fifth save of the season.
UTSA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Leanne Risberg doubled, moved to third on an errod then scored on a single by Rudi Cantu.
Sam Houston tied the game 1-1 on an RBI double by Mikulin in the bottom of the first inning that scored Hailey Wiginton who singled.
Sam Houston and UTSA will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday for the third and final game of the series. The contest will mark the close of the regular season for both teams.
Sunday, Bearkat seniors Tanya Hooser and Mandy Huckabee will be recognized in special pregame ceremonies