March 23, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball team will try to play a full game for the first time in 10 days Wednesday, when SFA travels to Shreveport, La., to take on Centenary College. The teams are scheduled for one game, set to begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Ladyjacks (13-8) come into the week having won 10 of their last 12 games, and SFA has lost just three times in its last 16 contests. But the Ladyjacks haven't played since a 3-2 loss to Northwestern State on March 14. Saturday's doubleheader against Louisiana-Monroe was rained out in the second inning of the first game.
Despite not having played a Southland Conference game in a week, SFA moved from a first-place tie in the league standings to sole possession of first place, on the strength of its league winning percentage. The Ladyjacks are 7-2 in conference play with a .778 winning percentage, just ahead of Texas State (9-3, .750).
SFA comes into Wednesday's game with a .255 team batting average and has outscored the opposition, 78-68, for the season. The Ladyjack pitching staff is third in the Southland with a 2.80 ERA, and SFA has the lowest opponent batting average (.220) in the league. The 68 runs the Ladyjacks have allowed are also the fewest given up in the Southland this season.
Centenary brings an 8-14 record to Wednesday's match-up. The Ladies have been outscored, 120-79, and bat .244 as a team. Centenary pitching has been touched for 22 home runs and the Ladies have a team ERA of 5.02. Centenary has dropped four straight contests, including a three-game sweep at home against North Dakota State. The Ladies are 4-6 in home games this season.
Following Wednesday's game, SFA will return to Southland action this weekend with a three-game series at McNeese State.
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