Ladyjacks Drop Season Openers
Feb. 8, 2014
SAN MARCO, Texas - Stephen F. Austin softball opened its 2014 season this weekend as the Ladyjacks played two games at the CenturyLink Classic hosted by Texas State. The Ladyjacks fell to the host Bobcats 4-3 in a dramatic nail-biter to start the season and fell to Southern Illinois 7-3 in the afternoon to start the year 0-2.
Head Coach Gay McNutt said she was disappointed with the two losses but did see some positives to build on already.
"Overall, I felt really good about our hitting," McNutt said. "We need more consistency throughout lineup, but overall it was a good performance at the plate."
SFA struck first against Texas State with a run in the bottom of the first, but that was quickly answered by the Bobcats in the second inning to tie it up.
Texas State opened up a lead with three runs in the top of the fourth inning when the Bobcats loaded the bases without any outs thanks to back-to-back doubles. SFA allowed three runs on three hits and an error in the inning.
The Ladyjacks made a push in the seventh inning, but the charge would not be enough.
Freshman Katelyn Standley opened the inning with a leadoff home run to left. Then with one runner on first base, Elizabeth Arana and Brittany Lewis both walked to load the bases with two outs. Shalie Day then walked to bring in a run and pull the Ladyjacks within a run. Taylor Vick could not keep the momentum going and struck out swinging to end the threat.
It was freshmen Lewis and Standley that led the team in hitting against Texas State. Lewis went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI. Standley hit 3-for-3 with a run and RBI as well.
Senior Carlie Thomas took the loss, pitching a complete game and surrendering four runs on five hits and four walks.
SFA fell behind Southern Illinois early with the Salukis jumping out to a 4-0 lead after the first. The Ladyjacks tried to mount a comeback with two runs in the second but Southern Illinois added one in the bottom half and two more in the fourth.
It was Lewis again hitting well for the Ladyjacks with a 2-for-3 performance against the Salukis. First baseman Shalie Day also went 2-for-3 scoring a run and driving in two.
"I thought Southern Illinois was a good team that you can't make mistakes against," McNutt said. "We made some pitching mistakes, and it cost us greatly. Again, it was not a bad performance offensively. We saw some good things from a few of our young players.
"These were both tough losses to take, and hopefully, we will grow from these early mistakes and bounce back tomorrow."
The Ladyjacks close the opening weekend with games against Ball State at 10 a.m. Sunday and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 3 p.m.
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