LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Sam Houston softball team extended its winning streak to five games with a 12-4 run-rule victory over Abilene Christian and a 2-0 shutout of Texas Tech Friday afternoon.
The wins came on the first day of action in the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock.
Center fielder Jessica Slater went 3-for-3 with a two-run triple and shortstop Sarah Allison picked up her fifth home run of the season to lead the Bearkats in the tournament opening victory over ACU.
With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the third inning, the Bearkats turned a Wildcat error and RBI singles by Allison and second baseman Alyssa Coggins into three runs. The Kats added another unearned run in the fourth inning and two runs in both the fifth and sixth frames to earn the run-rule win.
Meme Quinn started in the circle, facing 17 batters in the first three innings. Haley Baros earned her third pitching victory of the year in relief, blanking the Wildcats for the final three innings while giving up only one hit.
Sam Houston totaled 15 hits in the opening game. Center fielder Tayler Gray and first baseman Angelica Gonzales each accounted for two hits.
Outstanding defense and strong pitching earned Sam Houston the victory over host Texas Tech in Friday’s second victory.
Three times in the first four innings, the Red Raiders had runners on first and second and three times the Bearkats got out of trouble with double plays.
Shelby Lancaster spread five hits over five and two thirds innings to chalk up her first victory in the circle this season. Baros returned to pick up the Bearkats’ first save of the year, retiring four straight batters to insure the victory.
Catcher Tiffany Castillo blasted a two-run homer to left center to account for both Bearkat runs. Sam Houston totaled nine hits with Castillo and Coggins each going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Saturday Sam Houston plays Abilene Christian at 10 a.m. and Texas Tech at 5:30 p.m. The Bearkats will complete play in the tournament Sunday against Rhode Island at 10 a.m.