Feb. 13, 2011
HOUSTON, Texas -
Stephen F. Austin dropped both games Sunday on the final day of the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational. The Ladyjacks fell to Southern Illinois, 6-3, then dropped an 8-1 decision against host Houston.
The two losses move SFA to 0-4 on the year.
In the morning game against Southern Illinois, SFA spotted the Salukis a 4-0 lead, thanks to a pair of hits and two errors in the first inning. The Ladyjacks out-hit Southern Illinois for the game, 8-6, but left 12 runners on base, including two bases-loaded situations.
The Ladyjacks cut into the lead with two runs in the third. SFA loaded the bases with one out when Amber Price singled, then Elizabeth Arana reached on an error and Cadie Weaver walked. Bethany Brown and Lacy Liles then singled in consecutive at-bats, driving in one run apiece. Southern Illinois then made a pitching change and escaped further damage with a pair of strikeouts.
SFA got two runners on in the fourth, when Price put down a bunt single, then Lauren Luetge got an infield hit, but the Ladyjacks stranded both runners.
SFA went quietly in the fifth, then drew within a run in the top of the sixth. Nicole Wooten drew a one-out walk, then Price doubled to left. Luetge then drew a walk to load the bases for Elizabeth Arana. She singled to right, bringing home Wooten. The Salukies cut down Price at home on a fielder's choice in the next at-bat, then got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Southern Illinois added some insurance on a two-run homer in the bottom half, and SFA was unable to score in the seventh.
Ladyjack starter Carlie Thomas (0-2) went the distance, allowing two earned runs on six hits and five walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
Price went 3-for-4 with a run scored to lead SFA at the plate.
In the afternoon game, Houston starter Amanda Crabtree tossed a no-hitter through five innings, and the Cougars went on to post an 8-1 win.
Houston got a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, scored an unearned run on an illegal pitch in the third, then added three runs on four hits - including a pair of doubles - in the fourth inning. That got Angela White into the game to replace starter Monika Covington. The Cougars went ahead, 7-0, in the fifth when they scored on a double steal.
SFA finally broke through in the sixth. Elizabeth Arana got a one-out single up the middle, then Weaver and Krista Hallmark drew walks with an infield pop-up between, loading the bases with two out. Charlotte Singleton then walked, scoring Arana.
Houston answered with a home run in the bottom of the sixth to keep its seven-run margin and set the final score.
Covington (0-2) allowed five earned runs on five hits and five walks with one strikeout through 3.2 innings. White was charged with two earned runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2.1 innings of work.
The Ladyjacks will be back in action Wednesday when they host a doubleheader against Texas A&M. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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