Arana's Big Night Leads SFA To 7-6 Win Over Islanders
March 3, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks softball team once again split two games on day two of the Ragin' Cajun Invitational, defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7-6 in the nightcap after falling to Kentucky 10-2 to begin the day.
SFA (7-13) will play one final game in the tournament tomorrow when they face No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette (15-0) at 3 p.m.
Game 2: SFA 7, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6
Sophomore Elizabeth Arana had a monster performance Saturday night against Texas A&M-Coprus Christi with a season-high three hits and 4 RBI's, including a three-run homerun in the first inning to help give SFA a 7-6 victory over the Islanders.
Bethany Brown began the game by reaching first base on an error by A&M-Corpus Christi, followed by a single from Jessica Arana. That brought up Elizabeth Arana who deposited a 1-0 pitch from Constance Bradenburg deep over the center field fence for her team-leading third homerun of the season and giving SFA an early 3-0 lead.
The Islanders added a run in their half of the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Lauren Phillips to cut the deficit to 3-1.
In the third inning it was the Arana sisters once again causing damage, as Jessica led off the inning with a single and was quickly brought home one batter later when Elizabeth doubled to right center to push the Ladyjack lead to 4-1.
After A&M-Corpus Christi added another solo run in the fourth inning, they would then tack on two more unearned runs in the fifth inning to tie the game 4-4. In the inning both Cadie Weaver made two fielding errors that extended the inning and the Islanders took advantage.
However, in the top of the sixth, the Ladyjacks used a bit of small ball in what proved to be a game-changing inning. After Nicole Wooten grounded out to start to leadoff, Amber Price walked and then stole second base. Brown followed with an infield single to shortstop and advanced to second on a throw home.
Once again that turned the lineup over to the Arana's, beginning with Jessica who reached on a fielder's choice bunt and brought home both Price and Brown from third to put SFA back in front 6-4. Two batters later Weaver made up for her previous errors with an RBI bunt single of her own, cashing in Lee to make it 7-4 SFA.
That extra run proved to be key because in the bottom of the 7th, the Islanders' Valerie Perez hit a two-run homerun with two outs that slimmed the Ladyjacks lead to just 7-6. However, Carlie Thomas, who worked two innings in relief in the circle, struck out Karissa Haleman one batter later to end the game and earn her first save of the season.
Angela White improved to 3-4 on the mound with by pitching five innings and allowing four runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits and three strikeouts.
Game 1: Kentucky 10, SFA 2
For a second straight day the Kentucky bats proved to be too much for the Ladyjacks pitching staff to handle as they erupted for 10 runs on 12 hits in six innings en route to a 10-2 victory over SFA.
Four Kentucky players had two RBI's a piece and Chanda Bell improved to 4-1 on the season with a six-inning complete game in the circle, allowing just two earned runs on four hits.
SFA scored both of their runs on solo shots from Linda Linares (2nd of season) Price (1st of the season).