Feb. 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks softball team came away with a hard-earned split on the first day of the Seminole Classic Friday at JoAnne Graf Field. After a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in eight innings in the opener against the Seminoles, the Ladyjacks responded with a come from behind victory of their own in the nightcap against Tennessee Tech.
SFA will be back in action tomorrow at 9 a.m. when they take on Ole Miss in the four-team tournament.
Game 2: SFA 3, Tennessee Tech 2
SFA 3, TTU 2
Despite falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the SFA Ladyjacks found a way to scratch out one run in the second inning and two more in the fifth for a 3-2 victory over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.
SFA (1-1) won in dramatic style after a brief scare from the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and only one out and with SFA clinging to a 3-2 lead, Tennessee Tech's Kendall Hooper flied out to right field but Brittney Spalding attempted to tag up from third base to score the game-tying run but was nailed down by SFA right fielder Faith Hoisager at home to end the game.
Angela White went the distance for the Ladyjacks on the circle, going seven innings while allowing just three hits, two earned runs, five walks and four strikeouts to earn her and the Ladyjacks first victory of the season.
After White allowed two runs in the first inning, SFA managed to pick up a run of their own in the top of the second inning on a Linda Linares RBI single, plating Cadie Weaver from third base.
The Ladyjacks would go ahead for good in the fifth inning when, after loading the bases with nobody out, Weaver singled home Jessica Arana to put SFA up 2-1. Two batters later, Elizabeth Arana scored the second run of the inning on a RBI fielders choice from freshman Landre Nattinger.
Game 1: Florida State 4, SFA 3 (8 innings)
FSU 4, SFA 3 (8 innings)
Just two outs away from starting the season 1-0, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks saw a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning against Florida State slip away, eventually falling 4-3 in eight innings in the Seminole Classic Friday afternoon.
After being shutout through the first five innings, SFA had taken a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning when they sent seven batters to the plate. Amber Price jumpstarted the frame with a leadoff double and then moved to third on a bunt single from Hoisager. After Hoisager stole second base, Bethany Brown came through with a 2-run triple to center field, knotting the score 2-2.
Elizabeth Arana followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Brown and put SFA up 3-2. SFA starter Carlie Thomas pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth inning and after SFA went scoreless in their half of the seventh, the Ladyjacks needed just three more outs.
However, Florida State put together a rally with one out beginning with a walk to Erika Leonard, and a single from Kelly Hensley. Courtney Senas then delivered the game-tying hit with an RBI single down the left field line to score Leonard. Thomas was able to finagle her way out of the inning to extend the game.
The Ladyjacks were unable to get anything going in their half of the eighth inning, going in order. Florida State took advantage with a bunt single and stolen base from Tiffani Brown followed by a game-winning walk-off RBI single to left-center field from Shayla Jackson, plating Brown from second base.
After clutch pitching from Thomas (0-1) earlier in the game, the sophomore lost a bit of her command in the fifth inning. The Seminoles loaded the bases with nobody out for a second straight inning and cashed in the game's first run on a walk to Leonard, making the score 1-0 in favor of Florida State.
Following a strike out and pop out, Thomas had a chance to get out of the frame with just the one run scored but lost the battle against Mallory Borden on another bases loaded walk to push the lead to 2-0.
The Seminoles had a golden opportunity to bust the game wide open in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with nobody out on a single from Leonard, a walk to Hensley and a bunt single from Senas. However, Thomas worked some magic to get out of the inning without a single run scoring by striking out Borden, inducing Briana Hamilton to pop out to shortstop, followed by a ground out back to Thomas off the bat of Morgan Bullock to end the inning unscathed.
Thomas pitched the complete game, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs along with six strikeouts and six walks. Florida State's starting pitcher Monica Perry was chased in the sixth inning after allowing all three runs on six hits and striking out six. Bailey Schinella threw 2.1 scoreless innings for the Seminoles and was credited with the victory.