Amber Price and the Ladyjacks
March 27, 2012
SHSU 5, SFA 2
SHSU 5, SFA 2
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (8-20, 1-5) dropped a doubleheader Tuesday against Piney Woods rival Sam Houston by scores of 5-2 and 5-2, respectively. SFA committed a combined six errors in the two games and played a big part in Sam Houston’s comeback in game two.
The Ladyjacks will return to the diamond this weekend when they host UT-Arlington on Friday and Saturday.
Game One: Sam Houston State 5, Stephen F. Austin 2
In the first inning the Bearkats took advantage of two Ladyjack errors that resulted in four runs for Sam Houston, three of which were earned.
After Tori Benavidez led off the frame with a single, Alyssa Coggins then hit a comebacker to the circle that SFA starter Carlie Thomas snagged but her throw to first sailed wide of first baseman Kaitlyn Mixon and down the right field line. SFA outfielder Nicole Wooten then proceeded to throw the ball wildly back in the infield, allowing Coggins to score from third base.
Following a Kim Damian pop out, Sarah Allison hit a rope in between third and shortstop to drive home Coggins from third base and make the score 2-0 SHSU. Catcher Hillary Adams then smacked the first pitch she saw from Thomas deep over the left field scoreboard for her third homerun of the season, pushing the lead to 4-0.
After Thomas pitched two scoreless innings in the second and third, Shelbi Tucker hit a line drive homer just over the outstretched glove of SFA left fielder Bethany Brown, making the score 5-0.
The Ladyjacks got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning by manufacturing a run. Jessica Arana led off the inning with a single and was then lifted for pinch runner Brittany Lee, who right away stole second base. Mixon then advanced Lee to third base with a ground out, and would score one batter later when Sam Houston third baseman Tucker booted a bunt attempt by SFA’s Charlotte Singleton.
Bethany Brown cut the deficit to 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning with her second homerun of the season on a blast to center field. SFA then got back-to-back singles from Weaver and Jessica Arana, bringing up Mixon as the tying run but the freshman grounded out to first to end the threat.
Thomas fell to 4-8 on the season in the circle, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings of work. SHSU’s Tomi Garrison improved to 5-7, pitching a complete game while surrendering one earned run and six hits while striking out seven.
Game Two: Sam Houston State 5, Stephen F. Austin 2
The Ladyjacks struck first in game two, scoring a run in the first inning when Singleton drew a bases loaded walk from Lancaster to score Elizabeth Arana from third. SFA had a chance to bust the game open in the second inning, but with runners at second and third and two outs, Elizabeth Arana hit a shallow ball to right field that Sam Houston’s Calli Wood snow-coned diving feet first.
Sam Houston would respond though with five unearned runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead. An error by SFA shortstop Linda Linares opened the inning and Sam Houston would make the Ladyjacks pay. With the bases loaded and two outs, Sam Houston called upon Cecilia Castillo to pinch-hit and the sophomore responded with a two-run single to left field to give Sam Houston a 2-1 advantage.
SFA starting pitcher Angela White then uncorked a wild pitch that scored another run and was followed by an RBI single to LF by Alyssa Coggins, making the score 4-1. White was then removed and replaced by Mixon in the circle but the freshman gave up another run on an RBI knock from Kim Damian.
The Ladyjacks had one last golden opportunity to get back in the game in the top of the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out. However, pinch-hitter Kym Rigard hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-2 for the second out and Bethany Brown lined out to second base to end the threat.
White took the loss in the circle for the Ladyjacks going 3.2 innings while allowing four hits and five runs, none of which were earned.