LA Tech Remains Perfect After Pair of Wins

Feb. 11, 2017

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RUSTON -- For the second straight day, Louisiana Tech won in contrasting styles, run-ruling Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10-0 Saturday morning and narrowly defeating Missouri State 5-4 at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.

With the wins, the Lady Techsters are now 4-0 heading into Sunday's finale against Samford set for 1 p.m.

LA Tech 10, UAPB 0 (5 innings)

Freshman Marilyn Rizzato drove home three runs with a pair of doubles and Morgan Turkoly added two RBI on two hits to lead a 12-hit attack for the Lady Techsters in the five inning contests.

Jazlyn Crowder started the fireworks for Tech, leading the bottom of the first off with a home run deep over the left field wall for an early 1-0 lead. Tori Charters followed with an infield single and two outs later, scored on Rizzato's RBI double down the left field line.

The 2-0 lead remained until the third when the Lady Techsters sent 14 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs -- all earned -- on eight hits. Charters singled and Turkoly doubled to start the frame and then Charters scored on an infield single by Ali Galaz. Rizzato then lined a two-run double to left centerfield, scoring both Turkoly and Galaz to up the lead to 5-0.

Katie Smith walked and Jessica Ball laid down a bunt single to load the bases for Kassie Harris, who followed with a two-run single up the middle. Tech led 7-0. Preslee Gallaway then drove home a run with a bloop single and Turkoly ended the eight-run inning with a two-run single down the first base line.

Sophomore Krystal De La Cruz got the started in the circle for the Lady Techsters and picked up the win, tossing 4.0 innings while allowing one hit and no walks while striking out five. Freshman Jenny Chapman saw her first action of the season, allowing one hit in one inning of work. Crowder ended the game with a run-scoring diving catch in centerfield for the final out of the game.

Offensively, Tech was led by Rizzato (2-3, 3 RBI, 1 run, 2 doubles), Turkoly (2-3, double, 1 run, 2 RBI), Charters (2-3, 2 runs), Crowder (1-4, HR, 1 run, 1 RBI), Galaz (1-2, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 SB), Ball (1-2, 1 run), Addison Roark (1-1), Harris (1-3, 2 RBI), Gallaway (1-1, 1 RBI), Smith (1 run), and Karlee Jensen (1 run).

LA Tech 5, Missouri State 4

With the bases loaded and only one out in the top of the seventh, Louisiana Tech shortstop Katie Smith turned a 6-3 game-ending double play to end the threat and seal the 5-4 win by the Lady Techsters.

Tech entered the seventh with a two-run lead before Missouri State rallied. With one out and a runner on first in the final frame, Tech starter Preslee Gallaway was lifted for Krystal De La Cruz. De La Cruz walked the first batter and then surrendered an RBI double to Mary Stephens, cutting the Tech advantage to 5-4. Tech then intentionally walked clean-up hitter Kaitlin Beason to load the bases.

Missouri State catcher Darian Frost then hit a hard ground ball up the middle that Smith snared, stepped on second base for the force and then tossed to first to easily retire Frost for the final out.

After the Bears took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Tech responded. Jazlyn Crowder singled and moved to second base on a ground out. Morgan Turkoly then singled to drive home Crowder with the tying run.

Tech took a lead in the bottom of the second inning. Jessica Ball walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kassie Harris and scored on an RBI single by Berkley Calapp down the left field line giving the Lady Techsters the 2-1 advantage.

Missouri State rallied in the fourth inning, plating two runs on three hits and one error. However, Gallaway successfully limited the damage, retiring the final two batters with runners in scoring position.

Tech retook the lead in the fifth. Crowder and Charters led off with singles and then Crowder scored on a throwing error by the Missouri State shortstop off the bat of Turkoly. With runners on second and third and no outs, Taria Page ripped a shot past the Bears third baseman, plating two runs and giving Tech a 5-3 lead.

The scored remained 5-3 until the seventh inning when Missouri State rallied for one before hitting into the game-ending double play.

Gallaway (2-0) picked up the win, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and no walks while striking out one. De La Cruz picked up her first save of the season.

Offensively, Tech was led by Crowder (2-4, 2 runs), Page (1-2, 2 RBI), Charters (1-4, 1 run), Turkoly (1-2, 1 run, 1 RBI), Smith (1-3, SB), Ball (1 run), and Calapp (1-2, 1 RBI).

Tech returns to action Sunday at 1 p.m. against Samford.




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