HOUSTON, Texas — Briana Bishop homered twice and drove in four runs Wednesday, as Stephen F. Austin took a 5-1 road win over Houston Baptist. Bishop, who blasted a pair of two-run home runs, became SFA's career RBI leader with her second long ball of the day.
The Ladyjacks improve to 4-6 on the year and have now won four of their last five games. Houston Baptist falls to 3-2.
Bishop, a senior third baseman, has driven in 112 runs in her career, passing the old mark of 110 set by former Ladyjack Tara Hersey in 2006. The pair of homers padded Bishop's record total in that category as well, giving her 29.
The Ladyjacks used all three of their pitchers to combine on a five-hit effort against the Huskies with freshman Angela White (4-2) picking up the win, her fourth straight. White allowed three hits and four walks with one unearned run in three innings. She recorded five strikeouts.
SFA got on the board in the third inning with a two-out rally. Freshman Brittany Caruthers reached base on an error with two down, then Bishop followed with a home run to center field. Junior Ashley Struchtemeyer then singled to left and came around to score when sophomore Kayla Gutowski doubled to the gap in left-center.
Houston Baptist got back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the third, then a one-out walk to load the bases. The Huskies then scored their only run of the game on a dropped fly ball.
White gave way to junior Lauren Luetge for the fourth inning, and Luetge worked through the sixth. She gave up two hits but didn't issue a walk and struck out three.
Meanwhile, SFA added to its lead in the fifth inning. Caruthers again set the table for Bishop when she was hit by a pitch with one out. After Michele Huffman came in to run for Caruthers, Bishop blasted her second homer of the game.
Junior Monika Covington closed out the game in the seventh. She retired the Huskies in order, striking out two of the three batters she faced.
Caruthers and Gutowski each went 2-for-3 to join Bishop with multiple base knocks. Both players doubled in the game.
The Ladyjacks will be back in action next Tuesday, when they open a three-game series against Sam Houston State in the first Southland Conference action of the season. The set is scheduled to begin with a doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m.