April 17, 2004
NACOGDOCHES, Texas-- The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball team (21-26, 9-14) dropped both ends of a Southland Conference doubleheader to the University of Texas at Arlington (21-21-1, 13-9) by scores of 1-0 and 2-1 Saturday afternoon at the Coy Simms Softball Complex in Nacogdoches.
Crissy Autry (12-15) pitched a solid game and did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth inning, but got no run support in dropping the 1-0 decision to the Mavericks. UTA managed only one run on three hits off Autry through seven innings while striking out nine. SFA committed three errors, but none figured in the scoring.
The 'Jacks picked up four hits off starter Jill Garro (13-11) but couldn't come up with the big hit when they needed it to score a run. Ragen Rutherford went 2-3 in game one while Crista Hargrove and Carrie Woydziak each picked up a single.
UTA scored the only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning when Amanda Haney doubled to left with one out. Courtni Anderson then singled her home with a roller up the middle. SFA put the lead runner on base in the bottom half of the inning, but couldn't push her around as Woydziak was left stranded to end the game.
The 'Jacks struck quickly in game two, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning when leadoff hitter Carrie Woydziak singled, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a fly ball to right field off the bat of Chelsea Lundberg.
Nicole Carter made the run stand until the top of the fourth inning when the Mavericks put two runners on with bases on balls. They moved to second and third on a ground out to short and scored a run on a single up the middle by April Jones. Jones was thrown out at second base after Jaime Brown fired the ball into catcher Sarah Stone who threw back to Lee Lara at second for the third out of the inning, but the damage was done with the score tied at 1-1.
Traci Moore (2-3) came on in relief in the sixth inning and had trouble finding the strike zone as she walked a pair to open the sixth. She then struck out Haney but gave up a single to load the bases. Anderson then hit a foul ball down the line in left which was caught by Rutherford, but Beverly Rowan tagged at third and scored the go-ahead run.
The series closes Sunday with a single game starting at 1:00 p.m.