Feb. 16, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin softball team was unable to repeat the magic of Saturday’s victories over NCAA Tournament teams with a third straight on Sunday as the Ladyjacks lost to the Houston Cougars by the final of 7-3 to close the week’s action.
SFA (3-5) was able to keep it close with Houston (5-1) through much of the contest until the Cougar got hot in the fifth inning with six runs.
The Ladyjacks held a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth before Houston pounced with three home runs contributing six runs. SFA scored one run in the sixth but could not muster more of a comeback and finished the week at the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic with a 3-2 record.
“The overall feeling after the game today was positive. The players were disappointed with the loss, but they were positive about the weekend as a whole,” Head Coach Gay McNutt said. “They know we have to keep plugging away. They know we can’t make the mistakes we made this weekend. We can make them now if we learn from them and not make them later on down the road during conference play.”
SFA had three quality wins during the tournament with a dominant win over Army on Friday afternoon followed by a shootout against the Black Knights on Saturday morning that went the way of the Ladyjacks as well. The Ladyjacks ended Saturday with a 1-0 shutout of No. 8/9 Nebraska before losing to Houston on Sunday. The Ladyjacks opened with a loss to Sam Houston State on Friday morning.
On Sunday, first baseman Shalie Day continued to be a leader at the plate going 2-for-3 with one RBI. She was the only Ladyjack to tally more than one hit against Houston.
Carlie Thomas got the starting nod after throwing a complete game shutout of Nebraska on Saturday. She threw 1.2 innings and allowed only one hit before Brittany Lewis came in to relieve her. Lewis took the loss for SFA allowing seven runs on seven hits.
The Ladyjacks will play a midweek game at McNeese State on Wednesday. The contest will count as a nonconference game and will not count toward the Southland Conference standings. SFA will then head to the Texas Shootout hosted by North Texas this weekend.
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