MONROE, La. – Stephen F. Austin finished with a two-hit advantage over Louisiana-Monroe but left seven runners on base in a 3-2 loss to the Warhawks Wednesday night. The defeat snaps a four-game win streak for the Ladyjacks, as SFA moves to 24-13 on the season.
After trailing, 2-1, for most of the game, ULM took the lead on a two-run homer by Brianna Love in the bottom of the fifth. SFA was unable to tie the game in either of its last two at-bats, leaving runners at the corners in the sixth and wasting Kendal Harper's two-out double in the seventh inning.
Wednesday's loss marks just the third time this season SFA has outhit its opponent and failed to win the contest. The Ladyjacks are 22-3 overall in such situations.
Starter Angela White (12-6) took the loss for SFA. She gave up just two hits in five innings but was hurt by the four walks she issued, as two resulted in runs. Lauren Luetge worked one inning in relief, allowing two hits.
The Ladyjacks took an early lead with two runs in the top of the first. Bethany Brown led off with a single to right-center, then stole second. An out later, Kayla Gutowski doubled to the gap in right-center, scoring Brown. The next batter, Briana Bishop, got a base hit in the same spot, bringing Gutowski around to score.
The Warhawks answered with a run in the bottom half. Love drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a base hit by Sarah Carriger. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt, then the leadoff walk came back to haunt White, as Love was squeezed in on a bunt by Janel Salanoa.
SFA left at least one runner on in five of the next six innings and couldn't get another run across.
Amanda Sartoris earned a one-out walk in front of Love's fifth-inning homer to provide the final margin for ULM.
Brown, Harper, Gutowski, Bishop, Brittany Caruthers and Karissa Jones all had one hit apiece for SFA, as the Ladyjacks outhit the Warhawks, 6-4.
The Ladyjacks will return to action this weekend when they travel to Conway, Ark., to take on Central Arkansas in a three-game Southland Conference series. The set will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, scheduled to start at 11 a.m.