SFA Advances With 5-0 Shutout of UCA
May 10, 2014
HAMMOND, La. – A 48-hour layoff did little to cool down Stephen F. Austin as the Ladyjacks raced to a 5-0 victory over Central Arkansas in the second round of the 2014 Southland Conference tournament. SFA now advances to face third-seeded Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
The Ladyjacks took to the field after waiting out a 24-hour rain delay that washed out all of Friday’s action, but the two-day break seemed to favor SFA from the get-go.
After threatening in the second, SFA got on the board in the third as Heather Hollingsworth scored off a UCA throwing error, trying to get Alisa Hamilton stealing second. Shalie Day then ripped a triple to right, scoring Hamilton from third and giving SFA the 2-0 lead.
SFA extended that lead to 3-0 in the fourth behind a leadoff single from Brittany Lewis, followed by pinch runner Brittany Lee making it around the diamond, crossing home off an RBI single from Lindsay Campbell.
The Ladyjacks threatened in the sixth, getting runners at second and third with no outs but were unable to bring home any insurance runs. That was remedied in the seventh as an RBI double from Day scored Hamilton from third, followed by a Lewis reaching on a fielding error, allowing pinch runner Nicole Wooten to score from third and give the Ladyjacks the 5-0 advantage.
Carlie Thomas then shut the door on the Bears in the seventh, earning her 23rd complete game of the season and seventh shutout as she held UCA to just two hits on the afternoon with five strikeouts on 99 total pitches to eliminate UCA from the tournament.
Day and Hamilton both went 2-for-4 on the day as Day knocked in Hamilton twice, both of which came on extra base hits. Elizabeth Arana went 2-for-3 on the day for the Ladyjacks while Campbell went 1-for-3, knocking in an RBI as well.
The fourth-seeded Ladyjacks now advance to the semifinals of the 2014 Southland Conference tournament, facing third-seeded Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. at North Oak Park in Hammond. The winner of that game will face the loser of the Northwestern State-McNeese State semifinal with a berth to the championship game on the line.