NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack softball team scored three runs in the sixth inning to knock off Texas-Arlington, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the SFA Softball Complex. The Ladyjacks improved to 11-30 on the season and 6-15 in Southland Conference play.
SFA took advantage of some Texas-Arlington miscues in the third inning to take an early 2-0 lead. After Lacy Liles led off the inning with a walk, freshman Nicole Wooten hit a chopper to third, but the Mavericks didn't cover second and Taylor Zink's throw went all the way to the wall allowing Liles to score from first. Wooten came around to score on Elizabeth Arana's sacrifice fly.
Senior Monika Covington made the lead hold until the top of the fifth when UTA rallied for two runs on three straight singles. Covington was able to retire the next two batters stranding the Mavericks' Charne Office at third base.
The Ladyjacks took the lead for good in the bottom half of the sixth inning. SFA opened the inning with three hits, including two doubles. SFA reclaimed the lead when junior Amber Price doubled down the left field line to score Lauren Luetge from second. Junior Krista Hallmark and freshman Charlotte Singleton drove in the final two runs of the inning.
SFA then put the game in Covington's hands who retired the Mavericks in order in the seventh. Covington went the distance surrendering two runs on four hits, and striking out five.
The Ladyjacks return to action Friday, April 22nd when they travel to Hammond, La., to take on Southeastern Louisiana. The first game of Friday's doubleheader is slated to begin at 4 p.m.