SHSU 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0 (5 innings)
CORPUS CHRISTI - Senior Lindsey McLeod was almost perfect in the circle and the offense came out on fire as the Sam Houston State softball team cruised to an 8-0 victory in the opener of a three-game Southland Conference series over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in five innings Friday at Chapman Field.
The Bearkats jumped on the Islanders and starter Kandace Johnson (7-13) right out of the gate with four runs in the first inning. Junior Megan McDonald, junior Tiffany Thompson and sophomore Brooke Malia all singled to load the bases.
Freshman Kyndal Kutac ripped a double to left field to clear the bases. Sophomore Sheridan Fisher pushed the lead to 4-0 with a two-out single to left.
That was more than enough run support for McLeod (15-7). She struck out the first eight batters she faced. The Islanders finally put a ball in play, a pop out to first base, to end the third.
McLeod struck out the side in the fourth before Texas A&M-Corpus Christi led off the bottom of the fifth with a single. She responded by striking out the side again to close out the win with 14 strikeouts.
McLeod has now pitched 33 consecutive scoreless innings in Southland Conference play.
The Bearkats scored two more in the second thanks to a triple by Thompson and a sacrifice fly by Kutac. Thompson also hit her fourth home run of the season in the fourth, and the Bearkats tacked on another run in the fifth.
SHSU 3, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1
CORPUS CHRISTI - Junior Tiffany Thompson continued her recent hot streak at the plate by hitting her fourth home run in five games to lead the Sam Houston State softball team to a doubleheader sweep with a 3-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Chapman Field Friday.
Thompson, the reigning Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, has been on a tear. She went 5 for 6 in the two victories over the Islanders with two home runs, four RBIs, a triple, four runs scored and one stolen base as the Bearkats (25-19 overall, 16-4 in SLC) extended their winning streak to nine.
In the past six games, Thompson is batting .764 with four home runs, three doubles, a triple, 10 RBIs, 11 runs scored and three stolen bases. Her two-run blast to left in the fifth, which scored junior Megan McDonald following her triple, in game two Friday, proved to be the difference.
Freshman Regan Dunn tossed six shutout innings in the circle to improve to 7-5. She gave up two doubles in the seventh which resulted in the only Islanders’ run, but she finished with seven strikeouts.
Dunn helped her own cause with a single in the fourth inning. She then stole second base and came around to score on a throwing error by the catcher.
The Bearkats and Islanders (8-37, 5-18) will play the series finale Saturday at 11 a.m.