Ladyjacks Stop Skid With Win Over Maine

LAFAYETTE, La. - Stephen F. Austin got four hits, including two for extra bases, to score three runs in the seventh inning for a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Maine Friday in the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajun Invitational.

The win is SFA's first of the season and gave the Ladyjacks a split on the tournament's opening day.

SFA (1-7) got four straight two-out hits in the top of the seventh to turn a

4-3 deficit into a 6-3 win, then senior pitcher Monika Covington came on in the seventh to close out the victory with a save.

Nicole Wooten singled with two down to start the seventh. She then tied the score when Elizabeth Arana hit a triple to center field. The next batter, Cadie Weaver, smacked a double down the right-field line to score Arana and give SFA the lead, then Lauren Luetge plated Weaver with a single to center for an insurance run.

Covington then came in to relieve starter Carlie Thomas and worked around a walk and an error to close out the win.

SFA played from behind for much of the game. Maine got a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to grab the early lead. The Ladyjacks closed the gap to one with a run in the third. Bethany Brown led off with a bunt single that she stretched to three bags with the aid of a throwing error. Three at-bats later, Amber Price doubled to left with two outs to score Brown.

Thomas held the Black Bears to one hit over the next three innings, and SFA seized the lead with a two-run fifth. Brown led off with a walk, then stole second. She scored when Charlotte Singleton got a base knock through the left side. Lacy Liles then put down a sacrifice bunt to move Singleton to second. Price followed with an infield hit, then both runners moved into scoring position on a ground ball by Wooten. Arana then came through with a base hit to center, scoring Singleton to give the Ladyjacks a 3-2 lead.

Two innings later, though, Maine pulled back ahead with another two-run bomb, setting up SFA's big seventh inning.

Thomas (1-3) picked up her first win in an SFA uniform. She allowed three earned runs on four hits and didn't issue a walk. Thomas posted five strikeouts in six innings of duty. Covington struck out one in an inning of relief.

Arana finished 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Ladyjacks at the plate.

Brown was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Luetge went 2-for-3, driving in one, and Price was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Weaver, Singleton and Krista Hallmark each hit safely once.

In SFA's first game of the day, the Ladyjacks were held to just one hit in a 3-0 loss to Tennessee State.

Tennessee State got back-to-back doubles with two out to put up a pair of runs in the second inning. The Tigers added a run on two hits in the third.

SFA starter Angela White held Tennessee State scoreless on three hits over her final three innings of work, but the Ladyjacks were unable to solve Tigers pitcher Caitlin Eaton.

The Ladyjacks managed just four baserunners - three walks and a fielder's choice - through the first six innings, before Weaver led off the seventh with a single to break up Eaton's no-hitter.

White (0-1) was charged with three earned runs on eight hits and three walks through six innings.

The Ladyjacks are scheduled to take on host team Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. The first game will begin at 3 p.m.

with the second slated to start at 8 p.m.