Totaling 12 hits off All-Southland pitcher Kylie Roos, Sam Houston forced a “winner-take-all” championship game on the last day of the Southland softball tournament with a 5-0 win over Northwestern State.
The Bearkats became the first team in seven seasons to come out of the elimination bracket to force an “as necessary” game in championship competition.
The No. 2 seeded Demons were playing in only their third game in the event after receiving a first round bye and winning two games to reach the title contest. Sam Houston on the other hand fought its way through the elimination bracket.
Sophomore Haley Baros, a third team All-Southland selection, held the Demons scoreless for only the fifth time this season to up her season record to 10-8.
Sam Houston scored first as third baseman Shelbi Tucker singled with one out in the top of the second inning. Catcher Ashley Isbell doubled to center field where the Demon defender bobbled the ball, allowing Tucker to score from first base.
Shortstop Tiffany Castillo’s RBI single scored Hillary Adams in the third inning. First baseman Kim Damian made it 3-0 with a bases loaded hard hit ball to the pitcher to score Jessica Slater.
Coggins had an RBI single in the sixth and Tiffany Castillo scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh.
Sam Houston upped its season record to 37-23 while the Demons dropped to 39-13.