SFA Splits With Southeastern

April 23, 2011

HAMMOND, La. - Stephen F. Austin got strong pitching performance from freshman Carlie Thomas and good offensive production for a 7-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana Saturday in the first game of a series-ending doubleheader. But the Lions would pick up a 5-2 verdict in the finale to take the series.

SFA moves to 12-32 on the year with a 7-17 record in Southland Conference play. Southeastern improves to 19-23 overall and 9-12 in league action.

Thomas threw the second complete-game shutout in her last three starts, holding the Lions to just three hits in Game 1.

The SFA lineup gave her a two-run lead in the first inning, then sealed the win in the fourth with five runs on three hits. Cadie Weaver was at the center of both big innings with an RBI double in the first and a leadoff homer in the fourth.

Elizabeth Arana led the game off with an infield hit, then stole second in front of a walk by Lauren Luetge. Arana would move to third on a wild pitch, then score on a base knock to left by Bethany Brown. Weaver followed with a double over the center fielder's head, scoring Luetge from second.

Three innings later, the Ladyjacks put the game out of reach with a five-run fourth frame. After Weaver's lead-off homer, Charlotte Singleton doubled down the line in left field. She moved to third on an illegal pitch and scored when Krista Hallmark singled through the left side.

Nicole Wooten and Arana drew consecutive walks to load the bases, then Luetge walked, bringing Hallmark home. Amber Price reached on a fielder's choice. Luetge was forced out at second on the play, but Wooten scored and Arana scored from second on a throwing error, setting the final tally.

Thomas, meanwhile, cruised through six innings, allowing just one hit and letting only one player advance past first base. The Lions put two singles together in the bottom of the seventh, then loaded the bases with a two-out walk. But Thomas got Michelle Duhe to line out to center field, ending the game.

Thomas (7-10) allowed three walks to go with her three hits and recorded four strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Weaver's performance gave her a second straight two-hit, two RBI game. Arana, Luetge, Brown, Singleton and Hallmark each hit safely once.

SFA out-hit the Lions 9-8 in the series finale but stranded 10 runners and left the bases loaded twice. The Ladyjacks were eventually done in by a three-run fifth inning in a 5-2 defeat.

Duhe gave Southeastern a 1-0 lead in the first, when she stole third and scored on a throwing error. Hali Westmoreland had an RBI double in the second to make it a two-run lead.

SFA got a run back in the third. Singleton led off with an infield single, then scored on a double to the gap in left-center by Arana.

The Ladyjacks tied the score in the fifth. Wooten led off with a base hit to shortstop, then stole second. She moved to third on a fielder's choice off Luetge's bat, and came home on Price's single to left. SFA would go on to load the bases with two out, but the inning ended on a fly ball.

The Lions pulled back ahead in the bottom half on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Katie Matthews. Meghan Gomez followed with an RBI single to center to put Southeastern up 4-2. Tamra Ladnier then padded the Lions' lead when she reached on an error, plating the final run.

SFA led off the top of the seventh with back-to-back singles by Arana and Luetge and eventually loaded the bases with two out, but the game ended on a pop-up.

Weaver went 2-for-2 with a double, giving her three straight games with two hits. Arana went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Luetge, Price, Haleigh Willis, Singleton and Wooten each hit safely once.

Luetge (0-2) started in the circle and pitched four innings in the losing effort. She allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits with one strikeout.

Thomas threw two innings in relief without giving up an earned run. She issued one hit and a walk.

SFA will play its last road games of the year on Wednesday, when the Ladyjacks take on North Texas in a doubleheader. First pitch against the Mean Green is set for 4 p.m.

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