McLeod set the tone early for the kind of night she had in store for her side. The junior from Austin, Texas, struck out her first three batters faced swinging. She did not allow a hit until the fourth inning with two outs when the Ladyjacks’ right fielder Autumn Holloway popped one over to shallow right-field. She tallied 11 strikeouts and gave up just three hits for the game.The Bearkats took advantage of an SFA error in the bottom of the third inning when SFA catcher Taylor Fraccastoro threw it at third base searching for teammate Amber Landry to pick off Sam Houston’s third baseman Katie Andrie. The ball went past and Andrie came home easily for the 1-0 lead. The Ladyjacks’ leftfielder Madison Selman hit a ground rule double to centerfield with one out in the fifth, but McLeod caught back-to-back batters swinging to hold the lead for the Bearkats. Sam Houston capitalized on its opportunities in the bottom frame, highlighted by second baseman Brooke Malia’s two-run shot to centerfield to score her and shortstop Tiffany Thompson. The Bearkats had picked up a run right before when Thompson singled to right field to bring Andrie home for her second run of the day. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Taylar Fuselier entered the game to pinch hit for left fielder Samantha Belongia, and she drove in two insurance runs on a triple to right-field. Tournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | ReplayLAKE CHARLES, La. – A lights out night for Sam Houston State’s right-handed pitcher Lindsey McLeod advanced the Bearkats at the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La.In the first Southland Softball Tournament with eight teams in 30 years, the No. 8 seed defeated No. 2 Stephen F. Austin 6-0 to eliminate the Ladyjacks and schedule a 1:30 p.m. CT contest Thursday with No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana. The winner will move on to face the loser of tomorrow morning’s 11 a.m. game.