NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana -- Sam Houston totaled nine hits including two home runs and a double as the Bearkats moved into the fourth round of the Southland softball tournament Friday afternoon with an 8-4 win over Lamar in an elimination game.
The No. 3 seeded Kats now face a rematch with No. 6 Southeastern Louisiana Friday night. Sam Houston defeated the Lions 9-6 both squad’s tournament opener. The Kats lost to Northwestern State 1-0 in a game completed Friday morning.
The contest will be played following the winner’s bracket match-up between No. 4 seed Central Arkansas and host team and No. 2 seed Northwestern State Friday evening.
The Lions earned their spot in the contest with Sam Houston by sending home No. 1 seed McNeese State with a 3-1 win in the elimination round. The Cowgirls were 0-2 in the tournament
Shelby Lancaster (14-7) picked up her second victory of the tournament in the circle. In her 15th complete game of the season, Lancaster held Lamar to six hits, striking out nine of the 31 batters she faced.
“We got our hitting sticks back this afternoon,” SHSU head coach Bob Brock said. “Shelby has been throwing well lately and had herself another good game. Now we head back to the hotel, change uniforms and come back in a few hours to take on a red hot Southeastern Louisiana team.”
Designated player Hillary Adams put the Kats up 2-0 in the top of the first blasting her 12th home run of the season over the left field fence. The shot broke a school record of 11 homers in one season originally set in 1992 by Heather Robinson and tied last year by Kim Damian.
The play scored Damian who walked with two outs. Adams now is tied with Jennifer Robinson (1998-2001) for fifth place in Bearkat career home runs with 16.
After an unearned run by Lamar in the bottom of the second, Damian rifled a two-run shot down the right field line to up her school career record total to 26 home runs. The blast scored Alyssa Coggins who reached on an error and put the Kats up 4-1 in the third.
The Bearkats picked up four more runs in the top of the fifth as pinch runner Amy Pelton and Shelbi Tucker scored on an error by the Cards catcher and Angelica Gonzalez and Tori Benavidez brought in a run each with a double and single, respectively.
Lamar rallied for three runs on three hits and two errors in the bottom of the seventh.
Sam Houston now stands 33-23. Lamar ends its inaugural season of softball 24-35.