Ladyjacks Split Doubleheader With Lady Lions
May 4, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Playing the role of spoiler, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks softball team earned a 1-1 split Saturday afternoon against a Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions team that is still trying to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament.
SFA (15-32, 8-17) won game one in 5-1 convincing style behind superb pitching from senior Angela White and the biggest game of the season from freshman second baseman Lindsay Campbell. In game two SFA got behind 11-1 before nearly completing one of the biggest comebacks in school history but eventually falling 11-9.
The Ladyjacks will close the 2013 regular season tomorrow at the SFA Softball Field against SLU (31-19, 13-12) with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. Junior shortstop Elizabeth Arana went 3-for-7 on Saturday and will carry a .400 batting average into tomorrow's game. Sunday will mark the final game for seniors White and outfielder Bethany Brown. The two will be honored prior to the game.
Game 1: SFA 5-SLU 1
SFA also provided White plenty offense, scoring three runs in the first two innings. The Ladyjacks scored the game's first run on a two-out RBI single from sophomore Shalie Day, scoring Arana from second base. In the second inning SFA increased their lead to 3-0 on another clutch two-out base hit, this time a two-run bloop double down the left field line from outfielder Nicole Wooten.
Leading 3-1 in the fifth inning, the Ladyjacks added a pair of insurance runs with one swing of the bat from Campbell, connecting on her first career home run on a shot to left-center field that barely cleared the fence. Campbell finished the afternoon with an impressive 3-for-3 performance at the plate.
SLU's Taylor Bishop suffered the loss in the circle, allowing all five runs (three earned) in six innings of work.
Game 2: SLU 11-SFA 9
However, SFA refused to go down quitely and despite almost getting run-ruled after five innings, rallied to score the game's next eight runs. In the fifth SFA pushed across three runs on four hits, of which included an RBI single from Brown and a two-run single by Shanice Love.
Down 11-4 entering the sixth, the Ladyjacks then exploded for five runs on five hits to make the score 11-9 with still an inning to play. In the frame Brown had a bases loaded clearing double and Day cranked her third home run of the year, a two-run shot, to make it 11-9.
White came on for Welch to pitch a scoreless top of the seventh inning, giving SFA one last chance to complete the comeback. After SLU relief pitcher Kati Morse retired the first two batters, pinch-hitter Alisa Hamilton and Heather Hollingsworth reached on back-to-back infield singles to shortstop. SLU catcher Doyle then made a critical error trying to pick off Hamilton at second base but threw the ball wild into center field to push the tying runs into scoring position for Arana. However, the junior shortstop flew out to right field to end the game.