Bearkat Softball Doubles Up SFA 4-2

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HUNTSVILLE -- Amanda Lindsey hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Lauren Burns added a solo home run in the sixth to lead Sam Houston State to a 4-2 victory in the first contest of a three-game Southland Conference softball series at the Bearkat Softball Complex Wednesday night.

Down 1-0 after Briana Bishop hit a solo home run in the top of the first,
Lindsey's shot to right field put Sam Houston State in the lead to stay.
Sarah Parich singled, stole second, then scored on a single by Tanya Hooser to put the Bearkats up 3-1.

"Amanda Lindsey is the best number nine hitter in the Southland Conference," Sam Houston State head coach Bob Brock said. "She is really doing a good job for us as a freshman. There is a lot of good young talent on this team but the really amazing thing to me is the chemistry and the way they're all coming together right now."

Sam Houston State upped its season mark to 28-20 with the victory and
remains in second place in the Southland race with a 15-7 league mark.

Stephen F. Austin State dropped to 19-30 for the year and 12-13 in league action. The Lumberjacks are tied for seventh place in the conference race and are looking for victories to try to earn a spot in the six-time Southland Conference post-season tournament to be held in Huntsville May 10-12.

Brandi Crnkovic and Morgan Mikulin teamed to limit the Lumberjacks to three hits. Crnkovic (13-9) got the victory as the starter, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out two in five innings. Mikulin picked up her fifth save of the season. She gave up a hit and three walks in the sixth inning, allowing Benet Higgs to score on a sacrifice fly, but got out of the inning with runners in scoring position when she fielded a hard hit ground ball buy Magen Butler and threw her out at first base.

Kari Hugie (9-13) was the loser for SFA.

Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin will meet in a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Victories in both games would give the Bearkats their first 30-victory season since the 1993 Sam Houston softball team went 39-15 to win both the Southland Conference and the National Invitational Tournament.

"It's been a long time since a team has won 30 games here at Sam Houston but its within sight," Brock said. "This is a much improved Stephen F. Austin team and we'll need to be focused tomorrow night. I'm very happy with this win."