Ladyjacks Bounce Back To Split DH
April 20, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - After their late rally fell short in a 5-4 game one loss, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks softball team bounced back behind the bat of Elizabeth Arana and the pitching of Angela White to defeat the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 5-1 in game two of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
SFA (13-28, 6-14) will look to win the series tomorrow at 12 p.m. when they take on the Islanders (9-34, 4-16) again at the SFA Softball Field.
Game 1: AMCC 5-SFA 4
After falling behind 5-2 in the sixth, SFA responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 5-4 but were unable to push across the tying run in the final frame.
AMCC starting pitcher Constance Brandenburg earned the victory in the circle to improve to 6-13, allowing four runs (two earned) in seven innings of work. SFA's Carlie Thomas fell to 9-13 by allowing four earned runs in 3.2 innings before being relieved by Angela White. Thomas gave up six hits and walked five and threw almost 110 pitches in the opener.
Game 2: SFA 5-AMCC 1
After suffering a tough 5-4 setback in game one, the Ladyjacks turned to shortstop Elizabeth Arana to get the SFA back on the right track and the junior delivered by going 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs (2, 3) three RBI and three runs to help lead SFA to a 5-1 victory.
SFA senior starting pitcher Angela White delivered her fourth victory of the season in the circle by limiting the Islanders to just one unearned run in a complete game effort, issuing just two walks while striking out seven.
The Islanders took an initial 1-0 lead in the first inning but Arana wiped away the deficit immediately with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning for her second home run of the season.
SFA would later take the lead for good in the third inning when they scored two, two-out runs off AMCC starting pitcher Bethany Slick (15). With runners on third and second and two outs, freshman designated player Shanice Love found a hole between third and short to score Arana from third and give the Ladyjacks a 2-1 edge. Following a walk, second baseman Lindsay Campbell was then hit by Slick with the bases loaded to score another run.
In the fourth inning Arana delivered the knockout punch with her second long ball of the afternoon and third of the season, clearing the left field fence to make the final score of 5-1.