Ladyjacks Fall 3-2 To Tennessee Tech
Feb. 12, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack late-inning comeback fell just short Sunday morning, falling 3-2 to Tennessee Tech in the consolation championship of the Seminole Classic at Florida State.
SFA (1-4) fell behind 2-0 in the first inning when Ladyjack starter Carlie Thomas (0-3) allowed a 2-out RBI single to Tennessee Tech pitcher Holly Thomas. One at bat later, the Golden Eagles pulled off a double steal to score the second run of the frame.
The Ladyjacks had one great scoring opportunity in the first five innings, loading the bases in the bottom of the first with two outs, but sophomore Charlotte Singleton popped out to second base to end the inning.
Thomas would settle down on the circle from that point on by retiring 13 of the next 15 batters while striking out four and walking five.
Tennessee Tech (1-4) added another run in the third inning when Melody Christian hit a drive to right field that was mishandled by Faith Hoisager and allowed Christian to come all the way around to make it 3-0 Golden Eagles.
The Ladyjacks would make a rally though, pushing across two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. After back-to-back singles by Elizabeth Arana and Cadie Weaver, and a sacrifice bunt from Singleton, Kaitlyn Mixon was able to reach on an error by Golden Eagles' shortstop Samantha Everett that allowed Arana and Weaver to score.
Still trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, SFA center fielder Amber Price walked with one out to put the tying run on the base-paths but was thrown out trying to steal second base by Golden Eagles' catcher Chanelle Spalding. Hoisager then flew out to left field to end the game,
SFA's Carlie Thomas pitched a complete game, working seven innings and allowing seven hits and three runs, two of which were earned. She also struck out seven batters and walked only two.
The Ladyjacks will have their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 15 when they host future Southland Conference foe Houston Baptist in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at the SFA Softball Field.