Ladyjacks Rally From 5-0 Deficit To Beat UTEP 8-6
Feb. 26, 2012
WACO, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat UTEP 8-6 Sunday afternoon in the fifth-place game at the Fairfield Inn North-Texas Shootout hosted by Baylor.
Carlie Thomas (3-5) earned the victory on the mound for the Ladyjacks, pitching all seven innings while allowing six unearned runs on six hits and three strikeouts.
SFA (5-10) used a pair of four run innings in both the third and sixth for their second-highest scoring output this season.
The Ladyjacks entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 6-4 but would prove to take advantage of one of the three UTEP errors on the day in the frame. After Amber Price led off the inning by being hit by a pitch and stealing second, Faith Hoisager reached on a fielders choice and advanced to second while Price scored on a throwing error by third baseman Laura Ramos, making the score 6-5 in favor of UTEP.
Now with two outs in the inning, Cadie Weaver singled to left field and scored the go-ahead run one batter later on an RBI triple to right field from Bethany Brown, giving SFA a 7-6 lead. One batter later freshman Kaitlyn Mixon provided some insurance with an RBI single to shortstop to plate Brown and give SFA an 8-6 cushion.
Thomas then shut down the Miners in the top of the seventh despite a one-out single to complete the comeback.
In the fourth inning the Ladyjacks took advantage of another costly UTEP error. Trailing 5-0, SFA loaded the bases with nobody out following a walk to Jessica Arana, a double by Elizabeth Arana and a walk to Weaver. Brown then hit a chopper back to UTEP pitcher Colleen Hohman, who then unraveled an errant throw to first base that cleared the bases and sent Brown all the way to third base.
UTEP had scored five unearned runs of their own in the second inning on four hits and an error by second baseman Elizabeth Arana.
The Ladyjacks will finally have their home season opener on Wednesday, Feb. 29 against Louisiana Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.