March 25, 2006
SAN ANTONIO -
With no score on the board through five and a half innings, the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks, 8-0, in the first half of Saturday's Southland Conference twin bill. The Roadrunners finished the sweep, 8-3, in the nightcap at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio.
In Game 1, each team had plenty of opportunities to put some runs up on the board with UTSA placing five runners in scoring position and the Ladyjacks leaving seven runners on base, but neither team scored until the sixth inning.
Senior pitcher Traci Moore had scattered four hits throughout the first five innings when she gave up a back-to-back home runs to UTSA's lead-off hitters in the sixth. Senior Nicole Carter called to the mound to relieve Moore. Carter also gave up two home runs and allowed four other runs in the inning to give the Roadrunners the 8-0 advantage.
The loss was Carter's seventh of the season and Moore received a no-decision.
In the night cap, the Roadrunners took an early 4-0 lead in the first two innings of the game before SFA would put a run across the plate in the fourth to make the score 4-1.
UTSA answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the same inning and added two more in the sixth. The Ladyjacks tried to make a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning when sophomore Jessica Tullos led off with a double through the left side and advanced to third on a passed ball. She scored on a Tara Hersey double to right field. After Carter doubled to left center to send home Hersey, senior Carrie Woydziak flied out to left field to end the game with a final score of 8-3.
Senior Julie Morse made her second relief appearance on the mound for SFA and took the loss, her first of the season, after giving up 12 hits in 5.0 innings of work and striking out six. Freshman Debra Boles made the start for the Ladyjacks and was relieved after only one inning of work.
The scorers for the Ladyjacks were freshman Benet Higgs, Tullos and Hersey, all of whom had two hits in three at-bats with a double. Higgs also added a stolen base.
The losses moved SFA's overall record to 9-17 on the year with a 1-7 SLC mark. UTSA is 15-8 overall and 9-2 in SLC action this season.
The Roadrunners and Ladyjacks will face off tomorrow for the series' finale at 1 p.m. from Roadrunner Field in San Antonio.