Daniel Gallegos, Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications
MAGNOLIA – The Lady Mulerider softball team dropped Monday’s GAC twin-bill with Arkansas Tech that resulted in a series split after a 5-0 game-one loss and a 3-2 loss in game two.
Southern Arkansas Lady Muleriders: 38-14, 28-12 GAC
Arkansas Tech Golden Suns: 32-20, 26-14
PITCHING DECISIONS- GAME 1
W: Jalissa Gum (15-10)
L: Kaylee Garner (18-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED- GAME 1
- Arkansas Tech struck first in the top of the first inning after a pair of lead-off singles set up the 2-run inning. Megan Goodnight hit an RBI 2-out single that plated the first run of the frame in which Ashton Sangster followed up with an RBI infield single that accounted for the second run of the inning.
- In the third inning, a lead-off single from Rachel Miller and a 2-out walk drawn by Maddie Dow put the tying run on first base, but SAU was unable to score.
- With a chance to tie the game again in the fifth, SAU was issued a pair of 2-out walks to Brooke Goad and Dow but stranded both runners to close out the inning.
- In the sixth inning, ATU extended their lead out to 5-0 over SAU after plating three runs on one hit while also being aided a pair of errors in the frame.
- Both teams left a combined total of five runners on base in the seventh inning (ATU 3, SAU 2) as SAU was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam to start their rally in the bottom of that frame.
- In the bottom of the frame, Miller and Goad each drew a walk but Gum was able to retire the next two SAU batters with a strike out and a ground out after tossing 17 pitches to both of those hitters combined, resulting in a 5-0 shutout win for ATU.
IN THE CIRCLE
- Starting pitcher for SAU, Garner, suffered just her second loss of the season after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning on four hits.
- Roye relieved her in the second and pitched through 4.1 innings allowing three additional runs on six hits.
- Reagan Nichols closed out the game in the circle for SAU and allowed a pair of hits in 1.2 innings tossed.
- ATU’s starting pitcher, Gum, tossed all seven innings for the Golden Suns averaging two strikeouts an inning for a total of 14.
AT THE PLATE
- ATU out-hit SAU 12-3 while both teams left a combined 19 runners on base (ATU 10, SAU 9).
- Of SAU’s three hits, Godoyo collected two of them.
- Miller accounted for the last of SAU’s hits in the game and also had a walk.
- Dow was issued three walks in her four plate apperances and Goad collected a pair of her own.
PITCHING DECISIONS- GAME 2
HOW IT HAPPENED- GAME 2
- Through two-innings of play, the game remained scoreless until Arkansas Tech put the first run on the board in the third courtesy of a solo homerun from Sarah Coronado.
- In the bottom of that frame, Miller drew a lead-off walk to put the tying run on first base and eventually made her way to third on a sacrifice bunt from Faith Otts and a wild pitch. Goad battled back from an 0-2 count and pulled a 2-2 pitch through the right side of the field that allowed Miller to score and tie the game at 1-all.
- Arkansas Tech took the lead in the next inning after scoring a pair of runs on two hits with the help of a pair of defensive errors in the frame. Coronado tallied the go-ahead RBI once more in that frame after drawing a bases-loaded walk. Gaby Vasquez came to the plate later and singled down the left field line to plate the second run of the inning. Bases still loaded with one out, pitching relief for SAU, Victoria Taylor retired the next two hitters avoiding any further damage in the inning.
- The Lady Muleriders had the potential tying-run and go-ahead run on base in the bottom of the fourth with one out, but a force-out at the plate followed with a foul-out retired the inning leaving SAU still trailing 1-3.
- In the fifth inning, Goad sent a lead-off 3-2 pitch out of the park that cut SAU’s scoring deficit down to one.
- Trailing by one in the bottom of the seventh, Goad was issued a 6-pitch lead-off walk that put the tying run on base for the Lady Muleriders. Two outs later, Monica Islava roped a single down the left field line, but it wasn’t quite deep enough to score the run as SAU stranded a pair of base runners that resulted in their 3-2 loss.
IN THE CIRCLE
- After tossing 14 strikeouts in the first game against SAU, Gum got the start in the circle for Tech in game two and did not record any more strikeouts in all seven innings she pitched.
- SAU starting pitcher, Jenkins, suffered the loss in the circle after allowing all three of ATU’s runs on four hits in 3.1 innings.
- Taylor relieved Jenkins in the middle of the third and shutout the Golden Suns throughout the remainder of the game, owning six strike outs through 3.2 innings pitched.
AT THE PLATE
- Both teams each had seven hits and stranded eight base runners in the game.
- Goad led the SAU offense in game two after accounting for both of the Lady Mulerider’s RBI’s on a single and a homerun while also collecting a walk.
- Islava was 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of singles.
- Dow, Roye, and Duran each registered a hit.
- The Lady Muleriders return to action on their home field again next weekend for a 4-game series against GAC opponent Southeastern Oklahoma. This series will conclude the regular season GAC play for SAU. First pitch of Friday’s doubleheader is slated for 4 p.m. and Saturday’s dh will recognize the seniors for senior day scheduled for a Noon start on Dawson Field.