Jessica Arana hit the game-winning double in the seventh inning against UTEP.
Feb. 24, 2012
WACO, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (4-8) split their first two games of the Fairfield Inn North - Texas Shootout hosted by Baylor. SFA rallied in both games, putting up seven total runs in the final inning of each contest.
SFA will be back in action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. when they take on North Texas at the Southwestern Region Little League Complex.
Game 1: SFA 4, UTEP 1
SFA 4, UTEP 1
The Ladyjacks scored four runs in the top of the seventh, including the go-ahead two RBI double from Jessica Arana, en route to extending their road winning streak and defeating Texas-El Paso (4-6) 4-1 Friday afternoon.
SFA starting pitcher Angela White (2-3) spun her second complete game, allowing just one run and scattering six hits on the day through seven innings in the circle. White also had two strikeouts.
SFA was led offensively by senior Jessica Arana. The Woodlands native successfully reached base all four times, finishing 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBI and two walks. The pair of doubles represents her first multi-hit game of the 2012 season.
After four silent innings from either team, UTEP would be the first to strike in the bottom of the fifth. Taking advantage of three singles from Laura Ramos, Tahla Wade and Chelsea Troupe, the Miners took a 1-0 lead.
In the last at bat for the Ladyjacks, Charlotte Singleton would single up the middle to start the inning. Three batters later, after Linda Linares reached on an error from shortstop Samantha Alvillar and Amber Price loaded the bases with a bunt single, Faith Hoisager would tie things up after receiving a free pass from Colleen Hohman (1-4) to plate Singleton. In the next at-bat, SFA would take the lead off of a two-run double to center field from Arana. Bethany Brown's single one batter extended the Ladyjacks' lead to three and would give White all the cushion she would need to shutout UTEP in the final frame.
SFA's win over the Miners gave the team their first winning streak of the season which stood at two games, while the Miners losing streak extend to six. All six UTEP losses have come after starting the season 4-0.
Game 2: Baylor 6, SFA 3
BAY 6, SFA 3
Despite SFA's late rally, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Ladyjacks fell 6-3 to No. 9 Baylor at Getterman Stadium.
The Ladyjacks were led at the plate by Kym Rigard, who finished 2-for-3 and scored one of the three SFA runs. Rigard entered the game in the bottom of the third inning after Price left due to injury.
Carlie Thomas (2-5) was tacked with the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on 11 hits, tossing her fourth complete game of the season.
SFA once again found themselves down late in the game, after stranding five runners through the first six innings, the Ladyjacks were just one out away from being shutout by sophomore Liz Paul (1-1) in the bottom of the seventh. Singleton opened up the inning for the Ladyjacks, as she did against UTEP, garnering a free pass after being hit in the stomach. With two outs and a runner on first, Rigard singled to shortstop Jordan Strickland to put Singleton in scoring position. Both would come into score after Hoisagers's triple to the right field warning track one batter later. SFA would add one more, off of a single from Arana, before Brown fouled out to Megan Turk to close out the game.
The Lady Bears struck first in the top of the second, scoring three runs on three hits and taking advantage of an SFA error. After back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases, Baylor took a 1-0 lead over SFA off of a fielder's choice throwing error from Cadie Weaver. One batter later freshman Delaney Guy scored two more with a single through the right side.
Baylor would put up another crooked number the following inning, extending their lead to 5-0 over SFA, before adding a insurance run in the top of the seventh.
The two teams could play each other one more time on Sunday in the seeded matchup. Currently Baylor and Texas Tech are the only two teams who remain undefeated after day one. Southland Conference rivals SFA and Texas State both sit at 1-1, while UTEP and North Texas have yet to win a game in tournament play.