NACOGDOCHES - Sam Houston State’s Lindsey McLeod and Stephen F. Austin’s Makayla Sikes were locked in a pitching duel throughout Saturday afternoon, but it was SFA’s Margarita Corona who delivered the game’s big blow with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Ladyjacks a 3-0 win in eight innings of the series finale at the SFA Softball Field.
Bearkat starter Lindsey McLeod pitched a complete game in the circle, taking the hard-luck loss despite pitching beautifully for the first seven frames. She fell to 9-8 for the season after allowing the three-run homer in extra innings, but scattered seven hits and did not walk a batter while striking out eight Ladyjacks.
But Sikes matched her zero for zero, also going the distance to move to 11-6 on the season. The Ladyjack hurler only allowed four hits, while also striking out eight with only one walk in her 8.0 innings of work.
Codi Carpenter had two hits on the day, including the only extra-base hit of the day for Sam with a double in the fourth inning. Sheridan Fisher and Katie Andrie also singled for the Kats.
Neither team had anything going for them through four frames, but in the bottom of the fourth the Ladyjacks would place two runners on base with only one out. But McLeod found her way out of trouble as she sat down the last two batters with a strike out and pop out keeping the scoreboard clean.
The pitchers would put up matching goose eggs on the board in the next three frames with Sikes pitching around a one-out single by Carpenter in the top of the seventh to force the game into extra innings. Sam Houston would then go in order in the top of the eighth before McLeod ran into trouble again in the bottom of the inning after hitting consecutive batters with one out to bring up Corona.
The Ladyjack first baseman then connected for her only hit of the day, driving a pitch over the fence to bring home the winning runs and clinch the series for SFA.
The Bearkats continue on the road as they head to North Texas to play a single game on Wednesday with first pitch coming at 6:00 pm. from Lovelace Stadium.