Carlie Thomas won her third game of the season on Friday.
Feb. 15, 2013
UNC 6-SFA 4
SFA 8-PITT 0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball team (3-5) rebounded from a heartbreaking loss to No. 23 North Carolina to run rule Pittsburgh Friday afternoon on the first day of the Aggie Classic in College Station.
The Tar Heals had to rally from two-run deficits twice in the latter stages of the game to pull out a 6-4 victory over SFA. The Ladyjacks quickly regrouped by pounding out eight runs on six hits to run rule the Pittsburgh, 8-0.
The Ladyjacks broke a scoreless tie against the nation's 23-ranked team with a two-out rally in the top of the fourth. After a Taylor Well single, junior Charlotte Singleton doubled down the right field line scoring Wells. Two batters later Alisa Hamilton to center field to tack on another run.
The Tar Heals were aided by a couple of SFA errors that led to two runs, but the Ladyjacks responded in the top half of the next inning. Senior Bethany Brown followed a lead off single by driving a pitch down the left field line for her second home run of the season to reclaim the two-run lead. North Carolina rallied for two in the bottom of the fifth, and two more in the sixth to capture the victory.
Junior Angela White got the start and went 4.1 strong innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on three hits, while striking out one. Six different Ladyjacks recorded a hit against UNC.
The Ladyjacks scored in the final four innings, including two three-run innings and pitcher Carlie Thomas was overpowering going the distance striking out eight batters in six innings. SFA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the third, and added three more runs in the following inning.
Leading 5-0 heading into the bottom half of the sixth inning, SFA went back to work on the offensive end. Heather Hollingsworth pinch ran for Shalie Day who led off the inning with a walk. She came around to score on a throwing error by Carissa Throckmorton. SFA added its second run of the inning when Wells singled to left field, and Arana was able to score following another Pitt throwing error. Singleton ended the game when she followed with a single to left scoring Wells.
Five Ladyjacks recorded hits against the Panthers, including Arana who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Arana also stole her second base of the season.
The Ladyjacks return to action Saturday with a doubleheader against the same two teams. SFA will face Pitt at 10 a.m., and North Carolina at 12:15 p.m.