SFA Knocks Off No. 23 UNC at Aggie Classic
Feb. 16, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball team bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh to knock off No. 23 North Carolina 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex on day two of the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas.
Head softball coach Gay McNutt picked up the 500th win of her career in the victory over UNC (6-4). McNutt has been a head coach in the collegiate ranks for 19 years, spending the past six at SFA (4-6).
The ’Jacks will close out the tournament Sunday, Feb. 17, with a single game against tournament host No. 11/10 Texas A&M.
Game Two: SFA 5, UNC 2
Junior Carlie Thomas (4-2) held the nationally ranked Tar Heels to two runs, as she went the distance to pick up her fourth win and complete game of the season. The Huntington, Texas, native scattered eight hits across seven innings, finishing with three strikeouts and a walk in her time in the circle.
SFA was lead at the plate by junior Elizabeth Arana. The Houston-area native finished one-for-three with a double, RBI and run scored. The team also saw hits from freshman Alexis Callan and junior Charlotte Singleton. Callan finished one-for-two with a single and RBI, while Singleton went one-for-three with a double and run scored.
The ’Jacks were out hit on the night by UNC 8-3, but were able to make the most of three Tar Heel errors to fuel a four-run third that would prove the difference in the game.
UNC struck first, using a pair of hits to take an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame. Senior Haleigh Dickey doubled into the left center gap to deliver junior Amy Nece, who leadoff with single to left field to open the game.
SFA would respond in the bottom of the second, scoring one, to tie the game 1-1. With two outs, Callan singled up the middle to score Singleton from second. Singleton reached base two batters earlier on a double down the left field line with one out.
The ’Jacks would significantly add to their lead one inning later, capitalizing on one hit and three Tar Heels errors to stake themselves to a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the third. After a wild pitch on a strikeout and throwing error put two runners in scoring position, junior Cadie Weaver gave SFA the lead on a fielder’s choice sac bunt that scored freshmen Heather Hollingsworth and Alisa Hamilton. Two batters later, pinch runner Kaneisha Gray scored on a double from Arana to give the ‘Jacks a 4-1 advantage. Arana would score on an infield error the very next play to make it 5-1.
Despite surrendering one run in the seventh, Thomas would hold UNC at bay the rest of the way as the ‘Jacks took the 5-2 final.
Game One: PITT 1, SFA 0
Senior Angela White (0-4) took the hard luck loss, surrendering the only run of the game in a complete game effort, as SFA was held to four hits in the 1-0 shutout loss to Pitt. The Sherman, Texas, native tossed her third complete game of the season, scattering eight hits and finishing with a trio of walks and strikeouts across six innings in the circle.
After a scoreless opening frame for SFA, the Panthers took advantage of a single, walk and wild pitch to take a 1-0 lead.
The lone run would prove enough, as SFA was held scoreless on a career night from starter Alexa Larkin. The Panther pitcher recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts on her way to the win, scattering four hits and three walks along the way. The complete game was the sophomore’s second in as many starts.