Ladyjacks Shutdown Cardinals Twice
April 26, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – With the regular season quickly coming to a close next week, the Stephen F. Austin softball team came into this weekend’s series with Lamar needing to grab wins and move up the conference standings. The Ladyjacks did just that with two stellar pitching performances and timely hitting to take two wins over the Cardinals 8-0 and 5-0.
Thomas allowed just two hits in her five-inning performance as the Ladyjacks run-ruled the Cardinals in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Thomas did walk five batters, hitting another and was called for a pair of illegal pitches that advanced runners, but each time she got into a jam she pitched her way out of it.
Lamar left seven runners on base in the first game as Thomas marked her sixth shutout of the season.
SFA jumped to a quick 1-0 lead thanks to some smart base running by Cadie Weaver and Shalie Day. A single by Taylor LeFlore drove in Elizabeth Arana in the second and Lamar quickly found itself down 2-0.
Thomas continued to keep Lamar at bay and the Ladyjacks found their offense in the fourth inning.
SFA got hot in the fourth and plated six runs on only a pair of hits. The Ladyjacks loaded the bases before getting an out with a walk, hit by pitch and fielder’s choice. The first two runs would score on a bases loaded walk and another hit batsman. A single by Weaver would drive in two more runs followed by a two-run double from Day.
That cushion was more than enough for Thomas and she closed the game with a pair of strikeouts in the fifth to tally six for the game.
In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Lewis shined on the rubber for SFA. She allowed five hits while walking only one batter. She posted three strikeouts, as her defense was strong behind her.
It was Weaver and Day that brought the magic at the plate again for the second win.
They each drove in a run in the third inning to make it 2-0 in favor of the Ladyjacks. After both teams made quick outs in the fourth, the pair struck again in the fifth.
Heather Hollingsworth, Alisa Hamilton and Weaver all poked seeing-eye singles to load the bases with one out. Then, Day ripped a triple down the leftfield line to clear the bases to tally six RBI in both games.
Lewis shutdown the Cardinals in the sixth and seventh for her first career complete game shutout.
Day led the Ladyjacks at the plate hitting a combined 3-for-6 with six RBI. Weaver was 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI.
Saturday’s wins had huge implications in the Southland Conference standings. Heading into the day, the Ladyjacks were in seventh place and holding onto the sixth and final spot in the Southland Conference Tournament.
The wins help boost SFA back to a winning record in league play and just half a game behind Lamar with the Cardinals in third place.
SFA will look for the series sweep on Sunday. Due to anticipated inclement weather in the area, the game time has been moved to 11 a.m. The game was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. SFA has only swept one series this season in league play when the Ladyjacks opened Southland Conference action 3-0 at home against Nicholls State.