SFA Ends Ladies Six-game Home Win Streak, 6-4
Thursday, March 16, 2006


Files associated with this release:
CC-SFA Box Score 3-16-06


Jennifer Mango

Emerald Doria

Lauren Flowers

Dana Davis

SHREVEPORT—The Stephen F. Austin softball team came into Shreveport on Thursday night and outplayed a lethargic looking Centenary squad. The 6-4 win for the LadyJacks ended the Ladies home win streak of six games and was the first home loss this season for the Maroon and White.

 

SFA (9-15) got off to a good start when Ladies starter Jessica Ivins hit the first batter of the contest. A sacrifice bunt and two singles later and the LadyJacks owned a 1-0 lead.

 

Centenary (16-12) responded in the bottom of the opening inning when Jennifer Mango hit a two-out, two-strike homerun to move the Ladies ahead 2-1.

 

The LadyJacks continued to hit the ball well in the second frame. Ivins retired the first two batters but struggled to end the stanza as the next six hitters reached base on five singles and a hit by pitch. SFA scored three runs in the rally to jump out to a 4-1 advantage over the stunned Ladies.

 

Ashley Lail replaced Ivins in the third inning, but the visitors tacked on another run. Centenary began to chip away at the deficit with two runs in the bottom half of the third. Mango plated Emerald Doria on an RBI fielder’s choice and Micah Rhodes scored on a double steal to end the inning as the Ladies were content to trade outs for runs in the early going.

 

Lail would only allow an unearned run the rest of the way, but Centenary would not be able to mount another offensive surge. SFA rotated in three pitchers to keep the Ladies from getting comfortable and made several outstanding defensive plays to stab what otherwise would have been hits for the home team.

 

Ivins (3-5) took the loss for Centenary with a final line of 2.1 innings pitched, eight hits, five runs, and four earned runs. Lail tossed 3.2 innings, allowing just the unearned run in the sixth while scattering two hits. Kristan Morton increased her scoreless inning stretch to 15.1 innings with a scoreless seventh.

 

SFA benefited from 11 hits and three Centenary errors on the evening. Traci Moore (4-4) picked up the win by hurling two shutout innings. Nicole Carter notched her first save of the season, pitching the final three innings without allowing a run.

 

Tara Hersey led the offensive attack for the LadyJacks, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Carrie Woydziak also went 3-for-4 at the plate while scoring twice and Lee Lara added two RBI.

 

Mango drove in three and scored once for Centenary while belting her fourth homerun on the year. Doria scored twice in the loss and both Lauren Flowers and Dana Davis collected a pair of hits.

 

The Ladies have a break in the schedule, as they will not play this weekend. The 2006 campaign resumes next Wednesday, as Texas-Arlington will visit Shreveport for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.