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Mosley, Buckley lead Wildcats to 4-2 victory at Sam Houston State

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A pair of two-run base hits by  combined with 7.0-solid innings from  was enough to get the Abilene Christian softball team past Sam Houston State, 4-2, in the second game of their Friday doubleheader.

Buckley gave the Wildcats their first lead of the afternoon in the top of the second inning, ripping a one-out Hayley Baros (9-10) offering that plated freshman  and junior . Then, with the score tied at 2-2 in the seventh the senior centerfielder doubled home pinch runners  and .

That was enough offense for Mosley (5-9) as she allowed just one batter past second base over her final 5.0 innings of work with two strikeouts.

Sam Houston took a 1-0 lead against Mosley in the first with a two-out RBI single by Hillary Adams, and then the Bearkats tied the score at 2-2 in the second on a sacrifice fly to center by Jessica Slater. 

The home team threatened again the third with Cecila Castillo reaching third base with no outs on a double followed by a passed ball, but Mosley stranded her there by getting the next two batters to pop up to third base and the final out on a fly ball to center. 

Mosley went on to face the minimum nine batters from the fourth to sixth innings and struck out Slater to end the game with a runner at first base.

The Wildcats' win over the Bearkats was their first this season in five tries.

ACU (18-23, 7-6 Southland) lost the first game, 7-1, as they were three-hit by starter Shelby Lancaster (8-6) and reliever Tayler Atkinson. One of those hits, however, left the yard as Simmons went deep for the second time this season to tie the score at 1-1.

The Bearkats (23-19, 12-6 Southland) answered Simmons' solo shot - and then some - in the bottom of the third as they scored six times with 10 hitters coming to the plate. A Tayler Gray home run to lead off the frame gave Sam Houston the lead for good at 2-1, and three batters later it was a 5-1 game after Tiffany Castillo smashed a three-run home run.

Sam Houston later added two unearned runs that inning, but were held in check the rest of the way by freshman  (11-9), who struck out five in the losing effort.

The Wildcats and Bearkats conclude their series Saturday at 12 p.m.

Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.

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