From SFA Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- Stephen F. Austin junior Brittany Lewis did a little bit of everything on Friday afternoon at SFA Softball Field to lead the Ladyjacks to a 4-2 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first game of the home series. SFA jumps to 15-17 overall this season and 5-4 in Southland Conference play with the win.
Lewis was red hot at the plate, going 3-for-3 with one run, four RBI, one homer and one double on the day. She drove in all four of the Ladyjacks’ runs in the contest and then helped herself in the circle.
The Allen, Texas native had a shutout working through five innings before surrendering two runs in the sixth inning. Overall, Lewis scattered 10 hits in 6.2 innings of work without offering a free base on balls. She ranked ninth in the country in fewest walks allowed per seven innings entering the homestand and improved on that mark with her performance on Friday.
Sophomore pitcher Callee Guffey came in to get the final out in the seventh inning, retiring the only batter she faced. She claimed her first save of the season as a result. Lewis (W, 6-3) was credited with the winning decision.
Lewis didn’t waste any time putting her stamp on the game, launching a three-run missile over the left field fence in the first inning to put the Ladyjacks on top 3-0. Alisa Hamiltonslapped a single through the left side and Taylor Fraccastoro was hit by a pitch to put a pair aboard with one out. Lewis took care of the rest courtesy of her team-leading sixth long ball of the year.
SFA extended its lead to 4-0 after five complete frames. Fraccastoro fired a single up the middle to lead off the fifth inning and quickly stole second base with Lewis up to bat. Lewis then ripped a double deep to right center, allowing Fraccastoro to complete the round trip. Lewis’ line drive nearly escaped the park for her second dinger of the afternoon.
The four-run cushion was plenty for SFA, even with the Islanders (11-20, 1-9 SLC) getting two runs on three hits in the top of the sixth. Candice Hadd hit a solo home run and Aspen Auger recorded an RBI single in the period to get AMCC on the board.
Liz Carter (L, 7-9) was charged with the loss for the Islanders after allowing four runs on seven hits.
The two squads will finish the three-game series on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. The twin bill will take place at SFA Softball Field.