SFA Knocks Off New Mexico

Feb. 14, 2009

Box Score

WACO, Texas - Kayla Gutowski hit a three-run homer, and Briana Bishop drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Stephen F. Austin knocked off New Mexico, 5-4, Saturday in the Baylor Getterman Classic.

The win improves SFA to 3-6 on the season and 3-1 in the Getterman Classic. The Ladyjacks will take on host team Baylor Sunday in a 1 p.m. game. Baylor is 4-0 in tournament play.

New Mexico got on the board first with a solo home run in the third inning.

SFA responded in the bottom of the fourth. Jessica Arana led off with a walk then moved to second on a single by Benet Higgs. Bishop followed with a single to left, but Higgs was caught between second and third on the throw and retired in a run-down, leaving runners on first and third with one out.

Gutowski stepped to the plate and delivered with a screaming home run over the right-field wall to give SFA a 3-1 lead.

New Mexico answered with two runs in the fifth inning to tie the score, but the Ladyjacks were back on the offensive in the bottom half.

Kim Daley singled up the middle to lead things off but was retired on a fielder's choice by Monica Hirsch. After a pop-up for the second out, Hirsch moved to second when Arana singled to left field. Amber Price pinch-hit for Higgs and roped a double off the wall in center field to score Hirsch from second and put SFA back in front.

New Mexico tied the score again with a single run in the sixth and got its leadoff batter on in the top of the seventh. But Arana turned in a 6-3 double play, and SFA starter Monika Covington retired the next batter on strikes to send the game into the bottom of the seventh.

Daley again led off with a single, then took second on a sacrifice bunt by Hirsch. Kendal Harper singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Arana drew her third walk of the day in the next at-bat to load the bases, then Bishop delivered her fourth base knock of the day to drive in the game-winning run.

For the game, SFA banged out a season-high 11 hits, with four Ladyjacks recording multi-hit games. Bishop was 2-for-4 for the second game in a row, Harper went 2-for-4, Higgs was 2-for-2, and Daley went 2-for-3.

Covington (2-3) worked seven innings for her second complete-game victory of the season. She allowed four earned runs on 10 hits and four walks, striking out seven.

In SFA's first game of the day, Southland Conference foe UTSA gave itself a big lead early and then cruised to a 7-3 win.

The Roadrunners used five base knocks and a Ladyjack error to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

SFA answered with a run in the bottom half. Arana led off with a one-out single to center, then moved to third on a double by Higgs. Arana scored on a single by Bishop, but Higgs was caught trying to move to third on the play, and the inning ended on a ground-out in the next at-bat.

The Ladyjacks added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, but UTSA had gotten a solo home run in each of the previous three innings to give itself a 7-1 cushion before SFA scratched again. Higgs led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. She moved to second on a Bishop ground ball that was mis-played. Ashley Struchtemeyer loaded the bases when she reached on an error.

After a pop-out, Karissa Jones ripped a double to left field bringing home Higgs and pinch-runner Candise Juarez. SFA ended the inning on consecutive strikeouts with two runners in scoring position.

Lauren Luetge came on to relieve Ladyjack starter Kari Hugie in the top of the fourth, following the second UTSA home run. She allowed three hits and one earned run with four strikeouts the rest of the way. UTSA got to Hugie (0-1) for five earned runs on seven hits in two-and-a-third innings in her first starting appearance of the season.

Bishop finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in her first multi-hit game of the year. Arana went 2-for-4. Higgs, Jones and Hirsch had one hit apiece.

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