The Sam Houston softball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead then had to fight off a determined A&M-Corpus Christi rally to earn an 8-5 victory in extra innings Sunday afternoon.
The win gave the Bearkats a Southland series victory over the Islanders after a doubleheader split Saturday afternoon. Sam Houston now stands 25-19 for the year and 11-7 in Southland play. A&M-Corpus Christi dropped to 8-31 for the year and 3-15 in league action.
A three-run double by Hillary Adams and RBI singles by Shelbi Tucker and Alyssa Coggins gave Sam Houston a five-run cushion in the top of the first inning.
The Islanders bounced back to score one run in the bottom of the first inning and four in the third to tie the contest 5-5.
In the top of the first extra inning, Jessica Slater provided the winning run with an RBI ground ball and Tori Benavidez put across two insurance runs with a single.
Haley Baros (8-7) was the winning pitcher for the Bearkats, spreading seven hits over eight innings and striking out seven of the 34 batters she faced.
Sam Houston will play host to Nicholls State in a three game Southland series this weekend. The pair will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday April 20 and a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday April 21.
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