SFA Breaks Skid With Extra-Inning Win
April 10, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Stephen F. Austin got a run with two out in the seventh to extend the game, then scored four runs in extra innings to take a 5-3 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday in the finale of their three-game weekend series. The victory ends a seven-game losing streak for SFA.
The Ladyjacks, who won for the first time since March 20, move to 9-28 on the year and 5-13 in Southland Conference play. The five runs SFA put up Sunday mark the Ladyjacks' best offensive output since a 10-3 win over ULM on March 9.
Haleigh Willis scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 10th inning. She started the frame on second base, per international tie-breaker rules, then moved to third on a base knock by Krista Hallmark. Willis would come home on a wild pitch with Hallmark moving to third on the play. Nicole Wooten then scored Hallmark on a squeeze bunt to provide some insurance.
SFA reached the 10th inning, thanks to runs in the seventh and the ninth. Trailing 1-0 in their last trip to the plate in regulation, the Ladyjacks took advantage of an A&M-Corpus miscue to tie the score. Charlotte Singleton drew a two-out walk to move Lacy Liles to second base. The next batter, Wooten, grounded to third, but the throw across the diamond was wild, allowing Liles to score from second.
After a scoreless eighth, SFA put up two runs in the top of the ninth. Wooten and Elizabeth Arana drew back-to-back walks, then Lauren Luetge singled to right-center, scoring Wooten. The next batter, Amber Price, got a base knock to right, bringing Arana home to give SFA a 3-1 lead.
The Islanders (33-11, 17-4) exploded for five hits in the bottom half, including RBI singles from Jamise Jackson and Hannah Schwarz, to tie the game back up and send it to the 10th inning.
After her offense gave her another two-run lead in the top half, SFA starter Monika Covington finished the game off, retiring A&M-Corpus in order in the bottom of the inning.
Covington (4-15) was charged with two earned runs on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 10 innings of work.
Luetge went 2-for-6 with an RBI to lead SFA at the plate. Hallmark was 2-for-5 with a run scored.
The Ladyjacks will be back in action Wednesday, when they travel to Austin to take on Texas in a single game, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
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