HOUSTON, Texas — Freshman Gaby Garcia clubbed a seventh-inning grand slam to break open a tight game, and the SFA Ladyjacks put up nine runs en route to a 9-3 win over Texas Southern on Tuesday.
Sophomore Kassidy Wilbur (7-2) got the win for SFA (19-4). The right-hander went seven innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits, allowing four walks and striking out seven.
Garcia led the way offensively for the Ladyjacks, going 1-for-4 in the ballgame with a home run and four RBIs. Freshman Shaylon Govan put together a standout performance at the plate as well, going 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and an RBI. Sophomore Alex Hedspeth also chipped in, going 1-for-2 for SFA with a double and two RBIs.
The Ladyjacks got on the scoreboard first, starting in the third inning. SFA scored three runs in the frame, highlighted by a two-RBI double from Hedspeth.
The Lady Tigers then tied the ballgame at three before the Ladyjacks came back to re-claim their advantage in the fifth inning. SFA scored once on an RBI single off the bat of sophomore Savannah Parker, which brought the score to 4-3 in favor of the Ladyjacks.
SFA kept Texas Southern without a run before building their lead to 9-3 in the seventh inning. The Ladyjacks bats heated up in the inning, scoring five runs, including a grand slam off the bat of Garcia. The score remained 9-3 for the rest of the game, as SFA coasted to the win.
» Wilbur struck out seven Lady Tigers hitters.
» Garcia drove in four runs for SFA.
» SFA pushed across five runs total in the seventh inning.
» The Ladyjacks out-hit the Lady Tigers at a 6-3 clip.
» Hedspeth stole three bases in Tuesday’s game.
» SFA went 5-for-14 (.357) with runners in scoring position.
» SFA pitchers faced 28 Texas Southern hitters in the game, allowing four ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out seven.
» Garcia led the Ladyjacks at the plate, going 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.
The Ladyjacks are back in action this weekend in Nacogdoches, as they face UIW in their home opener.