Feb. 9, 2014
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Stephen F. Austin softball dropped a tight battle with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 5-2. The two Southland Conference schools tangled at the CenturyLink Classic hosted by Texas State for a nonconference game that saw the Islanders pull away after getting a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning.
SFA (0-3) gave up three runs to start the game but bounced back with a pair of runs in the fourth inning with four straight singles to open the inning. Shalie Day drove in the two runs on her single down the left field line. TAMUCC (1-3) was able to add two more runs to its total in the top half of the final inning and the Ladyjacks were unable to respond.
Day led the Ladyjacks at the plate hitting with a 1-for-3 showing with two RBI. Taylor Vick, Elizabeth Arana and Brittany Lewis also all went 1-for-3 with Vick and Arana scoring on Day’s single. Lewis took the loss on the mound for SFA as well.
It was not the only game on the slate for SFA as the Ladyjacks played earlier in the day against Ball State but the game was called short due to timing issues and NCAA Sunday travel rules to allow for the tournament to remain on schedule.
At the time the game was called, the Ladyjacks held a 9-7 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Games must complete five innings for it to be counted as an official game. If a game is called before completing five innings, it is registered as a “no game” and all stats accumulated during the contest are not counted.
The Ladyjacks play their next tournament in Houston next weekend when they take on a strong field at the Houston Classic. SFA will face Sam Houston State, Army, Nebraska and Houston.
Houston, Army and Nebraska all played in the postseason last year reaching NCAA Regionals, and the Cornhuskers advanced to the Women’s College World Series.
The Ladyjacks will open the Houston Classic against Sam Houston State at 9 a.m. Friday.
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