Oct. 18, 2009
SHREVEPORT, La. - After two sudden death Baker games, Louisiana Tech broke a tie with Stephen F. Austin and won the Bossier City Classic with a 6-2 record on Sunday in Shreveport, La.
LA Tech went into the day with a 3-1 lead and it's only loss to Stephen F. Austin. On Sunday's Baker games, Tech defeated Alabama State, Grambling State and Stephen F. Austin, but lost to Prairie View A&M.
With both Tech and Stephen F. Austin at 6-2, the tiebreaker came down to a single Baker game. Freshman Elizabeth Eldredge had to have two strikes in the ninth frame to get the game to a second tiebreaker. She did just that to force another Baker game. Eldredge then rolled three strikes to close out the second sudden death game to give Tech the win.
"We moved her (Eldredge) to the anchor spot today and she handled the pressure," said head coach Shawn Jackson. "As a matter of fact, there is no pressure for her. She doesn't even realize it, she just bowls. I was really happy with what we were able to do today."
Jackson started all three freshmen although everyone on the team participated.
"Those freshmen bowled great," Jackson said. "Their first competition with the game on the line and they came through shot-for-shot."
Tech will next be in action at the Greater Ozark Invitational in Springfield, Mo. on Oct. 23-26. Of the 12 teams that will participate, seven are ranked in the top 20.