Ladyjacks Blank Tigers in Home Opener
Feb. 26, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Senior pitcher Carlie Thomas kept Texas Southern at bay and a pair of Stephen F. Austin homeruns paced the Ladyjacks to a 4-0 victory over the Tigers in their home opener at the SFA Softball Field.
Thomas was solid all afternoon on the mound for SFA (7-9), allowing just two hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks as she went the distance for the Ladyjacks, improving to 4-5 on the season.
Pitching and defense dominated the early part of the game as the two teams combined for just two hits through the first three innings. SFA finally got on the board in the fourth thanks to a leadoff homerun by freshman Katelyn Standley, her sixth round-tripper of the season.
The Ladyjacks extended that lead in the bottom of the fifth as freshman Brittany Lewis connected on a two-run homerun to left center, pushing SFA's advantage to 3-0. A double by Lindsay Campbell in the bottom of the sixth added an insurance run as it was all the Ladyjacks needed to preserve the 4-0 victory.
Senior Elizabeth Arana and junior Shalie Day each logged a triple in the victory as Texas Southern (5-6) failed to get a runner in scoring position on the day. Alaina Stubblefield took the loss for the Tigers, allowing three runs (two earned) with five hits in five innings of work.
The trip home was short lived as SFA now heads back on the road, traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Woo Pig Fastpitch Classic this weekend. The Ladyjacks will play five games in three days, beginning with matches against Lousiana Tech and Arkansas Friday.