Feb. 15, 2014
Box Score (Neb) | Box Score (Army)
HOUSTON, Texas - With a senior on the rubber, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks shutout one of the top teams in the nation on Saturday afternoon as Carlie Thomas threw a complete game to defeat No. 8/9 Nebraska by the score of 1-0.
Thomas allowed only six hits and struck out five Cornhuskers en route to the upset victory over a team that reached the Women's College World Series last year.
The Ladyjacks scored in the winning run in the bottom of the third inning after Heather Hollingsworth walked to leadoff the inning. She advanced to second on a groundout and then to third base on a fielder's choice. Hollingsworth scored on a throwing error by Nebraska's shortstop following a grounder from Brittany Lewis.
Thomas and the defense came up big for the Ladyjacks in the final inning after Nebraska slapped a double to lead things off. A single put runners on the corners with no outs. Alicia Armstrong then lined into a double play to shortstop Elizabeth Arana. Arana caught Kat Woolman off first base to double her up. The next batter then grounded out to Arana to seal the victory over the Top 10 team.
"Today was a great day for Ladyjacks softball. I couldn't be more proud of them than I am right now," said Head Coach Gay McNutt. "We still have a lot of things to get better at, but to get a win over No. 8-ranked Nebraska is not only huge for our program but for all of SFA."
It was not SFA's only win over an NCAA Tournament team as the Ladyjacks opened the day with another victory over Army after defeating the Black Knights 7-1 on Friday afternoon. This time the Ladyjacks won a tight battle that took a total team effort by the final score of 9-8.
The Ladyjacks were solid at the plate with 13 hits to score the nine runs, which were all earned. SFA jumped on Army in the second inning with five runs. After a walk by Taylor LeFlore to open the inning, freshman Taylor Vick pounded a homer to left to grab the lead 2-1. Shalie Day continued her impressive weekend at the plate driving in the final two runs of the rally to go up 5-1.
Bats got hot again for SFA in the fifth inning with four more runs. The Ladyjacks put two runners in scoring position with two outs, and Nicole Wooten answered the call with a single to left to drive in a pair of runs. Another freshman stepped up as Brittany Lewis slapped a double to score two more runs.
That fifth-inning rally came after the Ladyjacks allowed Army to score five in the bottom half of the fourth and take the lead 7-5. Army would attempt a comeback with one run in the bottom of the fifth but could not muster enough to tie it up.
Lewis came got the job done on the mound as well throwing 3.2 innings and getting the save. Hannah Welch got the win for the Ladyjacks on the rubber throwing 3.0 innings and allowing seven hits and three earned runs. SFA's defense did commit four errors on the day despite the victory.
The Ladyjacks will close action at the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Cougars also were an NCAA Regional team last season and have been to the postseason three years in a row heading into the 2014 campaign.