Lady Demons Take Two From SFA
April 13, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks softball team lost a pair of games to Northwestern State Saturday afternoon at the SFA Softball Field, including a heartbreaking 3-1 loss in game in which the Ladyjacks were a strike away from a 1-0 victory. NSU then came back in game two to beat SFA 6-1.
The two teams will close out the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Ladyjacks (12-26, 5-12) will return home next weekend (April 20-21) when they host the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Game 1: NSU 3-SFA 1
NSU designated player Cassandra Barefield followed Rodriguez with another home run off Thomas, her 11th of the season, to make the final score of 3-1.
Prior to the seventh inning, Thomas (9-11) had grinded her way through numerous jams to give the Ladyjacks a chance to win, allowing no runs on eight hits and seven strikeouts. NSU's Kaylee Guidry threw a complete game striking out seven and allowing just one run on six hits to improve to 9-3.
SFA had scored their lone run in the sixth inning to take a 1-0 lead at the time. Freshman outfielder Alisa Hamilton started the rally with a single to left field and advanced to second on a misplay by the NSU left fielder. Cadie Weaver then singled to center field and Shalie Day drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out but the Ladyjacks had to settle on a sacrifice fly from Shanice Love as the only run in the inning.
Game 2: NSU 6-SFA 1
SFA tried to put together a big rally in the sixth inning by loading the bases with nobody out and cut the deficit to 3-1 on an RBI single through the left side from Bethany Brown. NSU then turned to Kylie Roos out of the pen to relieve starting pitcher Brooke Boening and she put a stop to the rally by getting Heather Hollingsworth to pop out and Elizabeth Arana to ground back to the circle to end the frame.
The Lady Demons then added three insurance runs in the seventh inning to put the game away. Boening picked up the win in the circle, improving to 8-5 while Roos earned her first save of the season. SFA's White fell to 3-14 by allowing six runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and struck out seven.