SFA junior shortstop Elizabeth Arana hit her first home run of the season on Sunday.
March 10, 2013
UCA 4-SFA 1
CONWAY, Ark. - Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack Junior shortstop Elizabeth Arana hit her first home run of the season but it was not enough to prevent the Central Arkansas Bears from sweeping the first Southland Conference series of the season, defeating SFA 4-1 Sunday evening.
Other than Arana's solo blast to center field in the first inning, SFA (6-16, 0-3) managed just three hits the rest of the way against UCA's Kelsie Armstrong. The junior hurler won her second game of the series by limiting the Ladyjacks to the one earned run on four hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. With the victory the Bears ran their record to 19-6, 3-0.
SFA starting pitcher Carlie Thomas saw her individual mark drop to 5-7, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits, one walk and five strikeouts.
The Ladyjacks made the 1-0 lead hold up until the fourth inning when UCA was able to push two runs across on three hits in the frame. After a leadoff single followed by a hit batter, the Bears Lissa Avitia moved the runners up to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Following a walk from Thomas to Amy Gunnells, left fielder Stephanie Lasley tied the game with an infield single to third base. One batter later right fielder Sam Forrest gave UCA the lead for good with a run-scoring single into center field to make it 2-1.
Avitia later added an RBI single in the fifth inning and UCA scored another in the sixth on a throwing error by Shalie Day to make the final score of 4-1.
The Ladyjacks will now have one day off before they travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for a 5 p.m. game against the Arkansas Razorbacks (18-7, 0-0).