Shalie Day blasted a three-run homerun in the Ladyjacks' first game against Nicholls State
March 8, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Thanks to a pair of three-run homeruns by Shalie Day and Elizabeth Arana, Stephen F. Austin opened up the 2014 Southland Conference season with a Saturday sweep of Nicholls State at SFA Softball Field.
The Ladyjacks took the opener 4-1, then rallied to win the second game of the doubleheader 4-2. SFA improves to 10-12 on the year and 2-0 in SLC play while Nicholls falls to 8-17 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
In the opening tilt, the Colonels took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, converting on a double steal with runners at first and third. That lead would carry into the bottom of the fourth inning when Day blasted a three-run homerun to left center, scoring Arana and Brittany Lee and giving the Ladyjacks a 3-1 lead.
SFA would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Day ripped a double to lead off the inning, followed by a double by Katelyn Standley in the next at-bat to give SFA the 4-1 edge. Carlie Thomas then finished the complete game, thwarting a late Colonel rally to earn the win. Thomas allowed eight hits but just one run with nine strikeouts to earn her sixth victory of the season.
In the second game of the twinbill, SFA used an error and a pair of walks to load the bases in the top of the first inning, then Day drew a bases-loaded walk to score Heather Hollingsworth and give the Ladyjacks the early 1-0 lead.
Nicolls tied the game in the top of the third, then took the 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth off a sacrifice fly. The Colonel's lead wouldn't last long, however, as after a pair of singles by Nicole Wooten and Hollingsworth to lead off the inning, Arana cranked a three-run homer of her own to left field to put SFA back on top 4-2.
Brittany Lewis then finished off Nicholls by going the distance, allowing just the two runs off seven hits with a pair of strikeouts to notch her third victory of the season.
SFA goes for the series sweep against Nicholls on Sunday, March 9 with the final game of the series getting underway at 12 p.m.