COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Press Release) – Stephen F. Austin won their first game of the 2017 season against New Mexico in a 5-1 bout on Friday morning in College Station. In the first game, sophomore Emily Wolfe led the Ladyjacks with two runs and two hits. Sophomore Karli Herron, junior Amber Landry, and senior Brittany Lewis also tagged one run each. Sophomore Lauren Becker, freshman Madison Clements, and Lewis were credited each with an RBI. Junior Callee Guffey tacked the win onto her record of 1-1 after pitching all seven innings and recording five strikeouts from the 26 batters faced. The SFA defense was a whole team effort spread across the field. Junior Taylor Fraccastoro had the team high five put-outs from behind the plate, and Lewis had four putouts on first.
The Ladyjacks came out with bats swinging in the first inning, totaling two runs with only two hits. Lewis started things off with a walk, and then junior Amber Landry followed behind with a single to right field. Sophomore Tanna Huie ripped another single to shortstop to load the bases for the Ladyjacks with no outs. Wolfe then bombed one to center field to being home Lewis. An illegal pitch later in the first advanced Landry home, putting SFA up 2-0 at the end of the first.
New Mexico also struck hard first putting out a triple on Guffey’s first pitch, which later resulted in a run, but a terrific double play from Wolfe to Lewis ended the inning for the Lobos.
Clements earned her RBI in the third inning by taking a free pass on a bases loaded situation that sent Wolfe home. The final two runs came in the fifth inning. Wolfe double to left field, followed by Herron getting a walk. Both runners advanced on a throwing error, and Wolfe smoked it home. Lewis then took her third turn at bat and blooped it to shortstop to bring Herron home.
The SFA defense quickly took care of New Mexico only allowing two hits in the last three innings and left two runners stranded on base.
The second game of the afternoon, unfortunately did not go the Ladyjacks way. They took on the No. 17 host team Texas A&M. SFA only totaled four hits from Lewis, Landry, Herron, and junior Autumn Holloway. A&M scored four runs in the first two innings before SFA made a pitching change. From there, things did not get any easier as the Aggies ran four home in the third and tacked on another in the fourth. SFA’s last change came in the top of the fifth. Lewis singled up the middle, but the effort would be lost on pop up to shortstop that ended the game.
Junior Makayla Sikes started the game for the Ladyjacks and pitched four innings, facing 13 batters and giving up three runs. She was then replaced by junior Halie Vance for the last two innings. Vance squared off against 16 batters and gave up five runs.
SFA will be back on the field again tomorrow morning for another match against New Mexico at 10:00 a.m. After that they will face Missouri State in a late 5:15 p.m. game.