@LATechSB Drops Friday Pair in Mexico
Feb. 9, 2018
PUERTA VALLARTA – No. 21 James Madison scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Louisiana Tech 1-0 in Friday night’s finale at Nancy Almaraz Field.
Tech dropped a 5-1 decision to Nevada in the first of Friday’s contests, falling to the Wolfpack for the second time in as many days.
In the night cap against the Dukes (2-1), Tech had golden opportunities to score in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings but came up short each time and it cost the Lady Techsters (0-4).
In the fourth inning, Jazlyn Crowder led off with a triple but then was thrown out in a rundown between third and home plate after hesitating on a Taria Page ground ball in the hole that the JMU shortstop dove to stop. Tech failed to score in the frame.
In the top of the sixth inning, Page was thrown out at home plate after a two-out single by Ali Galaz to left field, keeping the scoreless game intact. In the top of the seventh inning, Tech loaded the bases with two outs before Crowder grounded back to the pitcher for the final out.
Tech’s inability to come through with a score proved costly. In a game that saw senior Bailey Allen pitch four strong innings thanks to some incredible defensive plays by the LA Tech infield. Katie Smith, Bayli Simon, Karlee Jensen and Taria Page all made plays in the first three innings that took hits away from JMU, including a leaping grab by Jensen that saved a run in the second inning.
Allen threw 4.1 IP while allowing two hits and one walk. After falling behind three straight hitters 3-0, Tech went to freshman Jensen Howell who promptly committed an error but then worked out of a first and third jam with two big outs.
Howell pitched 1.2 innings allowing two hits and one walk while striking out one.
James Madison opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a ground ball to third base that was overthrown allowing the runner to move to second. Following a single to centerfield that put runners on the corners, Tech went to junior Preslee Gallaway. On the first pitch, Gallaway’s drop ball found the dirt and bounced away from Rizzato allowing the winning run to score.
Tech mustered only four hits in the loss, including two by Marilyn Rizzato and one each by Crowder and Galaz.
In the first game of the night, Tech could muster only four hits while Nevada scored three runs in the first and made them hold up.
Gallaway got the start and allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two. However, once again, the story was Tech’s struggle at the plate against Nevada freshman Julia Jensen.
Jensen recorded two hits while Berkley Calapp and Rizzato each added one hit. Jensen drove in the only run on an RBI single after a triple by Rizzato.
Tech concludes action Saturday at 8 p.m. against James Madison.
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