MOBILE, Ala. — Ashley Kriesel pitched five innings without giving up a hit and provided the game-winning run off her own bat with a two-run home run to power the Ladyjacks past South Alabama by a 9-0 score on Sunday at the Mardi Gras Classic. Kriesel fanned 11 batters and didn’t allow a hit to the Jaguars over five frames before giving way to Katie Hartwell in the circle, who sat down the Jaguars in the sixth frame to secure the combined no-hitter in the run-rule victory.
Kriesel gave herself some run support in the top fo the second, as her first home run of the season plated herself and Marisa Arriagaas part of a four-run inning, giving SFA the lead for good. At the plate, the Ladyjacks were paced by freshman Gaby Garcia, who went 2-for-2 on the day with a home run and three RBIs. Kriesel furnished a standout performance as well, going 2-for-2 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs. Freshman Shaylon Govan also chipped in for SFA, putting together one hit in one trip to the plate while adding three walks and an RBI.
The Ladyjacks took the lead for good in the second, scoring for the first time in the inning. SFA’s offense started clicking and put up four runs, including a two-run home run off the bat of Kriesel.
The Ladyjacks also added runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings on the way to the 9-0 victory.
» Kriesel and freshman Katie Hartwell combined to throw a no-hit shutout.
» SFA’s highest scoring inning was the second, when it pushed four runs across.
» The Ladyjacks out-hit the Jaguars at a 10-0 clip.
» Senior Bailey Richards stole two bases in Sunday’s game.
» SFA went 7-for-16 (.438) with runners in scoring position.
» SFA pitchers limited South Alabama to just 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
» SFA pitchers faced 23 South Alabama hitters in the game, allowing one ground balls and five fly balls while striking out 12.
» The Ladyjacks drew seven walks from South Alabama pitching.
The Ladyjacks are back in action at home on Tuesday, when they open their home season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at SFA Softball Field.