Seven-run First Inning Propels Ladyjacks To Victory
April 28, 2012
HAMMOND, La. - One day after their first extra-inning victory of the season, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks picked up their first run-rule win of the 2012 campaign with a 9-1, five-inning triumph over Southeastern Louisiana Saturday.
SFA (16-30, 6-12) swept the two-game series with another offensive explosion on Saturday, collecting nine runs on eights with a majority of the damage coming in the top of the first inning. The Ladyjacks sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and chased Southeastern Louisiana starting pitcher Jessie Browne after she retired just one batter.
The first inning began with a ground out from Bethany Brown but was followed with an Amber Price double, a Faith Hoisager HBP and a walk to Elizabeth Arana to load the bases. Cadie Weaver then gave SFA their first run of the afternoon with an RBI single through the right side to score Price and give the Ladyjacks a 1-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, Browne then hit freshman first baseman Kaitlyn Mixon to force in Hoisager to push the lead to 2-0.
That would be the final batter Browne would face as the Lady Lions went quickly to the bullpen with Kati Morse. The junior would continue to catch the wrath of the Ladyjack offense, walking Jessica Arana on four straight pitches to force in yet another SFA run without having to put the ball in play and make the score 3-0. SFA catcher Charlotte Singleton followed with a two-run single to make it 5-0 in favor of the Ladyjacks.
Two batters later Brown made her second plate appearance of the inning and put the finishing touches on the biggest offensive inning of the season with another two-run single to push across the sixth and seventh runs of the frame.
Meanwhile in the circle Carlie Thomas was solid, allowing just one earned run in five innings on three hits, two strikeouts and two walks to claim her second win in as many days and her 10th of the season.
The Lady Lions lone run came in the fourth inning on a solo home run from Ariell Van Hook. SFA countered though with a run of their own in the fifth inning on a sac fly from Weaver.
SFA now has three games remaining in the season, including a road contest Wednesday at 4 p.m. at North Texas. They will then host UTSA Friday/Saturday to close the season.