Ladyjacks Split Doubleheader With Lamar
March 16, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball team rallied from a 7-6 loss in game one to take a 3-1 victory in game two to split its Southland Conference home-opener against Lamar Saturday afternoon at the SFA Softball Complex.
SFA (7-18, 1-4 SLC) surrendered seven unanswered runs across the final three innings in the series opener, before holding the Lady Cardinals (12-16, 3-2 SLC) to one run in the second game.
Nicole Wooten led all SFA batters at the plate, recording multi-hit performances in both games. The multi-hit games are the first of her career, as the Pasadena, Texas, native totaled four hits in the afternoon, finishing two-for-four and two-for-three while adding one RBI and a run scored respectively.
The ‘Jacks will look to claim its first league series in the finale between the two teams Sunday, Mar. 17, at 1 p.m.
GAME 1: LU 7, SFA 6
Thomas (6-7) took the loss in the opening game, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on eleven hits in seven innings pitched. The Huntington, Texas native surrendered four walks, while striking out three.
After only two base runners, both from LU, reached scoring position in the first three and a half innings, SFA capitalized on three ‘Jack hits, highlighted by a bases clearing triple from Elizabeth Arana, and two Cardinal errors, to fuel a six-run fourth.
After entering in the bottom of the fourth, LU reliever Ashley Ray (1-1) held SFA to one hit across the final three and two-thirds, as the Lady Cardinals scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to take the opening game.
GAME 2: SFA 3, LU1
White picked up her second win of the season in a complete game effort in game two. The Sherman, Texas, native scattered five hits, while recording two strikeouts and one walk in a one-run yielding outing.
After failing to take advantage of a bases loaded two-out situation in the bottom of the second, the ‘Jacks found themselves trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth. Wooten would tie the game in the inning on an RBI single that scored Alexis Callan. With one out, Callan walked, before advancing to third on a double to left field from Charlotte Singleton one batter later.
A double down the line from Arana gave SFA a runner in scoring position to open the bottom of the fifth. Following a Lindsay Campbell sac bunt and Cadie Weaver walk put runners at the corners, Arana scored on a sac fly from Shalie Day. Pinch runner Kaneisha Gray, in place of Weaver, stole third before scoring on a single to center field from Callan one batter later.
White, with the lead, retired six of her next seven batters faced in the final two innings to take the win.