HOUSTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin softball team notched its first win of the season on Friday, and it was a big one. The Ladyjacks took down Army by the score of 7-1 thanks to an impressive showing on the rubber by Carlie Thomas and a stellar day at the plate by first baseman Shalie Day.
Day pounded a pair of home runs to lead the Ladyjacks at the plate she hit 2-for-2 with three RBI. She also reached base on a walk. Thomas threw a complete game and gave up just four hits. Army’s only run was unearned in the top of the seventh inning, and Thomas (1-2) struck out seven batters.
The Black Knights reached the postseason last year playing in the NCAA Austin Regional, making this a valuable win for the Ladyjacks against a quality opponent. Head Coach Gay McNutt said she was incredibly proud of her team’s performance in Friday’s second game and how the team bounced back after a 7-2 loss to Sam Houston State earlier in the morning.
“I told the team we have to fight for everything and keep swinging,” McNutt said. “We have a lot of young kids in the lineup, and I said we have to get better every game, and if we learn to fight and we grow as a team, I think we could be a pretty good team.
“That is a huge win for us. Army is a good team, and I am very proud of our team for coming out and swinging in the second game after a loss to Sam Houston State in the morning.”
SFA (1-4) jumped on Army (0-1) early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Brittany Lewis ripped a double to the fence in left-center to drive in two runs. Then, Day blasted her first home run of the day to left field into a stiff wind.
The Ladyjacks would add another run in the second inning and third before Day would hit another solo shot to right field.
In the first game of the day, SFA fell to Sam Houston State 7-2. The Ladyjacks scored their only two runs in the first inning after loading the bases. The bats could not get anything going the rest of the way against the Bearkats, and Sam Houston State sparked its offense with runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.