Sam Houston State Blanks Texas Tech, 4-0|
Feb. 23, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Sam Houston State right-hander Shelby Lancaster threw a eight-hit shutout of Texas Tech Saturday evening to lead the Bearkats to a 4-0 victory at Bobcat Stadium.
The loss marked the second-straight day where the Red Raiders (9-5) have won the first game of a doubleheader before falling in the nightcap. Tech previously defeated UT Arlington, 2-0, earlier in the day.
"We simply couldn't create any offense tonight," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "Give Sam Houston State credit. They pitched well and we didn't come out with the type of approach we would have liked. We will look to rebound and turn it around tomorrow."
Lancaster (5-3) worked around potential jams early before retiring seven-straight over the fourth through sixth innings. It was the first time the Red Raiders had been shut out this season.
Tech had several opportunities to score early as Sandy James drove a two-out double to left center in the first while Katelyn Williams and Taylor Powell led off the second with back-to-back singles. Shelby Johnson also added a two-out double in the third as well.
Sam Houston State (7-8) broke up a Brittany Talley shutout in the fourth with a Shelbi Tucker sacrifice fly to center that scored pinch runner Kaleb Everitt from third. Ashley Isbell came around on the play as well as a Mikey Kenney throwing error from center sailed past second base.
Hillary Adams added to Sam Houston's lead an inning later as she drilled a one-out double to the right center gap off reliever Cara Custer. She drove in Alyssa Coggins and Jessica Slater as the pair opened the frame with singles to complete a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
Talley (4-3) earned the loss for the Red Raiders as the southpaw surrendered all four runs, two of which were earned, off six hits in 4.1 innings. She also struck out three before giving way to Custer and then Aucoin, who tossed the sixth inning.
The Red Raiders will face Sam Houston State again Sunday morning in the Texas Shootout third and fourth place game. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Bobcat Stadium.