SFA Falls In Game One, 1-0
March 27, 2004
NACOGDOCHES, Texas-- The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball team (16-19,6-7) came up just short against the Texas State Bobcats (30-8, 13-0) in game one of a Southland Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon, losing 1-0 in 10 innings.
Crissy Autry (10-10) and Nicole Neuerburg (21-3) each took no-hitters into the ninth inning with Neuerburg collecting the win after Texas State scored a run in the top of the 10th for the game winner. SFA catcher Sarah Stone broke up the no-hitter with a sharp single through the right side in the ninth inning, but was left stranded when Jaime Brown flied out to left field. Autry took her no-hitter into the tenth inning before Texas State collected two infield hits en route to the game-winning run.
SFA missed an opportunity to win the game in the seventh inning after Carrie Woydziak reached on a lead-off walk. She went all the way to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Jaime Brown but could not score when Ragen Rutherford fouled out to shortstop and Chelsea Lunbderg struck out to end the threat.
The international tie-breaker was employed in the tenth inning when Katie Trahan was placed on second base to open the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice attempt. The bunt was fielded by Tara Hersey who tried for the out at third, but Trahan beat the tag. That was followed by a bunt by catcher Rachel Bonetti just out of the reach of Hersey that went for an infield hit to load the bases. Following a strikeout for the first out, Texas State got another bunt single to force home the run. Autry then got a fielder's choice and a strikeout to end the inning without another run scoring.
SFA placed Brown at second in the bottom half of the inning and moved her to third base on a sacrifice by Rutherford. Lundberg then struck out and Lee Lara popped out to end the game.
Autry worked 10 innings giving up one run on two hits while striking out 15. Neuerburg also went the distance for Texas State giving up only one hit while striking out nine.
Game two of the doubleheader began at 4:00 p.m.