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Release: 02/17/2012
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Saturday's Sam Houston softball action at the North Texas Mean Green Softball Classic in Denton has been canceled due to rain.

A new schedule for Sunday's play will be announced late on Saturday.

Friday, six outs away from their first victory of the 2012 season, Sam Houston State gave up six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of 6-4 loss to Wichita State in the Bearkats' second game of the day.

Missouri State handed the Kat softball team a 7-2 defeat in both team's opening matchup of the tournament.

Home runs by Sarah Allison and Tori Benavidez and a Kim Damian RBI single gave Sam Houston a 4-0 lead over the Shockers after five innings.

But Wichita State bounced back to pick up six runs on six hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. Catcher Carli Jaeger hit a two-run double to produce the game-winning hit.

SHSU starting pitcher Shelby Lancaster (0-3) limited the Shockers to only two hits and the Kat defense had not allowed a runner past second base in the first five innings. WSU started the sixth inning with three hits and a walk to start the scoring.

Courtney Schoenemann completed the game in the pitching circle. Allison and Benavidez each had 2-for-4 games at the plate and Calli Wood, Shelbi Tucker, Alyssa Coggins and Kim Damian also posted hits.

Missouri State jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the tournament opener for the Bearkats.  Bear second baseman Ashley Brown went 4-for-4 including an RBI-double in the second inning.

Damian and Benavidez produced Sam Houston's two runs. Damian's RBI single scored Amy Pelton after the left fielder got on base with a one-out double in the bottom of the third inning.

Benavidez's double, one of two hits in the game for the preseason All-Southland Conference selection, scored Pelton in the fifth inning who also went two-for-two for the Kat.

Freshman Haley Baros (0-1) drew the loss in her first collegiate start, giving up six hits and two earned runs in three innings of work. Baros struck out two Bear batters. Tomi Garrison threw the final four innings, striking out three.

Missouri State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings. The Bears first run came when Kirsten Cutter, who reached on an error, stole home. Caitlin Chaplin brought in the second run with a double.

MSU picked up two more runs in the second on a solo home run and an RBI double in the second and added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Savannah Wiggins (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Missouri State.

Right fielder Calli Wood joined Benavidez and Pelton as Bearkat leaders at the as all three produced three hits. Benavidez and Pelton both hit doubles.

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