Techster Rally for Saturday Split
Feb. 8, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Saint Louis Saturday night at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
The improbably win salvaged a split on the day for LA Tech (2-1), which fell 10-9 in eight innings to Wichita State in the first game of the day.
"We showed a lot of fight today," said Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. "I am so proud of these kids. They gave everything thing they had. We made too many mistakes in the field that got us behind in the first game. It cost us, but we never quit. I love their fight and their heart.
"I think offensively we are going to be a pretty good hitting team. We have to get better on signals and plays and executing, but the talent and heart are there and I will take that every day. We will polish the rest."
LA Tech 4, Saint Louis 3
Trailing by three runs heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Louisiana Tech used three hits and three walks to plate four runs as the Lady Techsters defeated Saint Louis 4-3.
Both teams received outstanding pitching performances as Bianca Duran, Pauline Tufi and Anna Cross combined to surrender only one hit in the game to the Billikens. Meanwhile, Saint Louis pitcher Brianna Lore held Tech at bay for the majority of the night, scattering only three hits and not allowing a run through the first six innings.
With the two teams scoreless heading into the top of the sixth inning, Duran and Tufi had held Saint Louis without a hit and only one base runner through the first five frames. Cross came on in relief for Tech to start the sixth and promptly walked the eight and nine hole hitters to start the frame.
Saint Louis centerfielder Lindsay Friedman then roped a double to deep centerfield, scoring the first run of the game and giving the Billikens a 1-0 advantage. Saint Louis then pushed across the next run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and then added the third and final run on an RBI groundout to first base.
After neither team was able to score in their next at bats, the bottom third of the order came to the plate for Tech to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Hailey Winter got things started by singling up the middle and then Janine Godwin worked a walk to put runners on first and second.
Tori Charters then worked a full count walk as it appeared Tech had loaded the bases. However, pinch runner Taylor Penn tried to score when the Saint Louis defense appeared to have its backs turned on the play and Penn was thrown out in a run down for the first out of the inning.
Erin Kipp then walked to load the bases for Kristen Miles, who then singled up the middle to plate Godwin and cut the deficit to 3-1. Tufi then laced a single to left center, scoring both Charters and Kipp and tying the game at 3-3.
Alayna Kipp then came to the plate with runners on second and third and only one out. Kipp hit a slow roller to third base and Miles was able to slide under the tag at home plate for the winning run.
Tufi (1-0) picked up the win in the circle, retiring all nine batters she faced during her 3.0 innings of action. The freshman from Alaska also led Tech offensively with two hits and two RBI.
Wichita State 10, LA Tech 9 (8 Innings)
Louisiana Tech used Alayna Kipp's dramatic two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to send the contest into extra innings, but Wichita State scored four runs in the eighth and then held on for the 10-9 win Saturday evening.
With Tech (1-1) trailing 6-4 with two outs in the last frame, Kipp launched a towering two-run blast over the left field wall to tie the game.
However, the momentum was short-lived as Wichita State (3-0) used a pair of pinch hit two-run home runs in the top of the eighth inning off Lady Techster pitcher Anna Cross to retake the lead at 10-6.
Tech had one last chance and almost made the most of it. With one out and one on in the bottom of the eighth, junior Hailey Winter blasted her second home run in as many days over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 10-8.
Katelynn Hill then followed with her second triple of the game, tying a Louisiana Tech single game record. With Janine Godwin at the plate, Hill scored on a wild pitch to close the gap to 10-9. However, Shockers reliever Jenni Brooks retired Godwin and Erin Kipp on ground ball outs to end the game.
Wichita State capitalized on two errors by the Louisiana Tech defense to grab an early lead. The Shockers struck in the top of the first inning off of Tech starter Bianca Duran as Paige Luellen drilled a two-out, two-run double to centerfield to give Wichita State a 2-0 advantage.
With Tech unable to score in its first two at bats, the Shockers struck again and added to their lead in the top of the third inning. Once again it was Luellen with the heroics as she blasted at two-out, three-run home run to straight away centerfield. All three runs were unearned as the inning was kept alive by an error early in the frame by the Tech outfield.
Trailing 5-0, the Louisiana Tech bats finally woke up. Duran singled and Winter walked to put runners on the corner with one out when Hill lined a two-run triple to right center, cutting the Shockers lead to 5-2. Godwin followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield plating Hill to make the score 5-3.
Erin Kipp then doubled with two outs and scored the fourth run of the frame on an infield single by Kristen Miles.
Wichita State added one run in the top of the fifth inning again aided by an error by the Tech outfield which kept the inning alive.
Tech was led by Miles (2 hits, 1 run), Tufi (2 hits), Hill (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Winter (1 hit, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Alayna Kipp (1 hits, 1 run, 2 RBI), Erin Kipp (1 hit, 1 run), Duran (1 hit, 1 run), Cross (1 hit, 1 stolen base) and Godwin (1 RBI).
Cross (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs - three earned - on four hits in 2.1 innings of action.
The Lady Techsters will complete play Sunday when they face Houston Baptist at 1:30 p.m.
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