Bethany Brown and the Ladyjacks dropped a pair of games to UCA on Saturday.
April 21, 2012
UCA 1-SFA 0 (Game 1)
UCA 6-SFA 0 (Game 2)
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks struggled to get the bats going on Saturday in a pair of shutout losses to Central Arkansas at the SFA Softball Field.
SFA (13-30, 4-12) fell 1-0 in game one in what proved to be a pitchers duel between Angela White and UCA's Kelsie Armstrong. In game two the Ladyjacks lost 6-0 with SFA mustering just four hits. With both losses the Ladyjacks were eliminated from an opportunity to play in the Southland Conference Tournmaent.
UCA (33-18, 9-7) received a tremendous pitching performance from Armstrong in game one. The junior earned her 20th victory of the season by pitching a complete game shutout while striking out 12 Ladyjacks and allowing just a single hit to SFA's Elizabeth Arana in the second inning. Melanie Bryant's RBI single in the third inning proved to be the game-winning hit.
White nearly matched Armstrong in the circle, allowing just the one earned run in seven innings off seven hits and three walks. The junior fell to 5-14 this season with the tough loss.
In game two the Bears' broke open the contest with a three-run fourth inning, the big hit being a two-run home run by designated player Katie McGregor to make the score 3-0. UCA would tack on three more runs against SFA starting pitcher Carlee Thomas (8-12), who took the loss in the circle going seven innings while allowing six earned runs on 11 hits.
UCA starting pitcher Cami Newsome went four innings to earn the win, her 10th of the season. The senior allowed four hits while striking out three and issuing no walks. She was relieved by Armstrong in the fifth inning and the junior went the final three innings to earn her third save of the season.
The Ladyjacks will now hit the road for four consecutive games, starting with a single game at Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, April 25. That game is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m.