LAKE CHARLES, LA – Left fielder Amber Anderson scored on a one-out, bases loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Texas-San Antonio a 5-4 victory over Sam Houston State in the first round of the Southland Conference post-season softball tournament Thursday at Cowgirl Diamond.
Sam Houston State (26-25) led 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning and got the first Roadrunner batter out. But Second baseman Ashley Kappler and Anderson hit back-to-back singles, pitcher Danye Holmes walked and right fielder Leanne Risberg singled to score the tying run before the wild pitch ended the contest.
Bearkat center fielder Kendra Spivey singled to put Sam Houston up 4-3 in the top of the sixth inning. Spivey’s hit scored third baseman Sarah Parich who led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second base.
UTSA (28-27), the No. 3 seed in the tournament, advanced to the second round against No. 2 McNeese State with the win. The Roadrunners scored first with a solo home run by Risberg in the second inning.
Catcher Casie Everitt’s RBI single scored Spivey who had walked to tie the contest in the third inning. A two-run double to right field by second baseman Whitney Wilson gave Sam Houston a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth.
Anderson tied the game 3-3 with a bases loaded single to score two runs. With runners on first and third and no outs, the Roadrunners appeared ready to score more, but Holmes struck out, Kappley was thrown out trying to steal home and Risberg lined out.
A double play with one out and runners on first and second ended another UTSA scoring opportunity in the sixth inning.
Brandi Crnkovic (12-13) took the loss for Sam Houston, striking out eight Roadrunners while giving up 10 hits. Holmes (12-10) was the winning pitcher for UTSA.
Sam Houston now drops into the loser’s bracket, playing the loser of Thursday night’s Texas State-San Marcos vs. Texas-Arlington game Friday morning at 11 A.M.