March 1, 2006
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball team gave up a two-run lead in the seventh inning to fall to the Northwestern State Lady Demons, 6-5, Wednesday afternoon on Hoya Field at the Nacogdoches Baseball Complex in the final game of the opening series of Southland Conference action.
The Lady Demons put themselves on the board in their first at-bat after Margaret Patterson was hit by a pitch thrown by Ladyjack pitcher Nicole Carter. Northwestern State pitcher, Amanda Glenn, then knocked one out of the park to score Patterson and put the Lady Demons up, 2-0.
After Northwestern State extended its lead by a run in the third inning, SFA third baseman Lee Lara led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left-center field. The Ladyjacks tied up the score at three after senior designated player Julie Morse drove home two runs on a double to center field.
After a three-up, three-down Northwestern State fifth inning, freshman shortstop Sydney Davis led off the bottom half of the inning for SFA with a left field single. Junior Crystal Dahlquist was brought in to pinch run for Davis and after stealing second and advancing to third on a walk to load the bases, she crossed home plate on a left field single hit by senior Carrie Woydziak. Freshman Kendall Driver, who had reached on a walk, scored on a fielder's choice to shortstop by freshman Benet Higgs to put the Ladyjacks in the lead, 5-3.
In the top of the seventh inning, however, the Ladyjacks could not hold on to their two-run lead. With Patterson and Sarina Noack on base, Glenn hit her second home run of the game to give the Lady Demons a one-run lead.
The Ladyjacks could not come back as all three batters were out on consecutive ground outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Lara and Woydziak each went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. They were also two of five Ladyjacks to have an extra-base hit in the game.
Carter and Glenn both went the distance, with Carter suffering the loss and falling to 1-4 on the season. Glenn took her second win of the series.
The Ladyjacks fell to 5-6 on the year and 1-2 in SLC play. The Lady Demons moved to 8-7 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
SFA will travel to Tulsa, Okla., this weekend to participate in the Best Western Airport Festival hosted by the University of Tulsa. On Friday, the Ladyjacks will face Kansas and No. 18 Nebraska at Tulsa's softball field.