Ladyjacks Drop Doubleheader At McNeese State
April 6, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks softball team dropped a pair of games Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader at first-place McNeese State, including a 5-4 walkoff loss in the opener in which SFA led 4-0 entering the bottom of the fifth.
Following the heartbreaker the Ladyjacks suffered a 4-0 defeat for their eighth shutout loss of the season and fourth straight overall. SFA (11-24, 4-10) will look to salvage the third game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.
Game One: MCN 5-SFA 4
Designated player Emily Vincent played a big role in the comeback, going 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning to make the score 4-3. In the all-important bottom of the seventh inning, Lauren Langer began the inning with a leadoff single and then advanced to third when SFA committed an error, also allowing Alanna DiVittorio to go to second. Vincent then proceeded to single up the middle off SFA relief pitcher Angela White (3-13) to tie the game 4-4 and move DiVittorio to third as the potential winning run.
Following an intentional walk from White to load the bases, Ashley Modzelewski then popped out for the first out of the inning. However, White then hit Marissa Koetting to score the winning run.
Carlie Thomas originally started in the circle for SFA and went the first five innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits before giving way to White in the sixth. Meagan Bond came in for relief of Jamie Allred for McNeese and earned her 13th victory of the season by throwing two scoreless frames.
The Ladyjacks had scored three runs in the third inning on an error, bases loaded hit by pitch and RBI single from Alexis Callan. The Ladyjacks made it 4-0 in the fourth on a run-scoring single from Shanice Love. Junior shortstop Elizabeth Arana led the Ladyjacks offensively with a 3-for-4 performance and scored two of the four runs.
Game Two: MCN 4-SFA 0
Bond retired 22 of the 25 batters she faced and got all the run support she would need in the second inning when the Cowgirls scored four runs on five hits off SFA starting pitcher Hannah Welch, who fell to 0-1 by allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and walked three.
After Welch allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, the freshman hurler from Nacogdoches retired the next two batters and a pop out and fly out. However, McNeese's broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single and then Lauren Langer followed with a two-run double to make it 3-0 Cowgirls. Outfielder Alanna DiVittorio then put the finishing touch on the scoring spree with a run-scoring single to plate Langer.