Techsters Fall at LSU

Feb. 12, 2012

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BATON ROUGE - After three straight impressive performances to open the season, Louisiana Tech struggled Sunday afternoon as the Lady Techsters fell 8-0 to LSU in the final game of the Tiger Classic at Tiger Park.

Tech (1-3), which defeated Penn State and dropped a pair of one-run games to 15th ranked Michigan in the first two days of the event, couldn't solve LSU pitcher Rachele Fico who pitched a complete-game one-hitter against the Lady Techsters.

"We knew LSU would offer the biggest challenge to our hitters," said Tech head coach Sarah Dawson. "They have two great pitchers that have a lot of movement and change speeds well.

"We put the ball in play all game and hit some hard balls at people. Our pitching was off today, but even with that said, they only had one big hit. There were a lot of singles given up. Where we got in trouble was with walks. I hope we learned from this loss and take a lot of other positives from this weekend."

The Tigers (2-2) scored in four straight innings and capitalized on some wildness by Tech pitchers Michelle Jones and Erin Kipp, who combined to walk six batters in only 4.2 innings of action.

LSU took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Allison Falcon singled home Rikki Alcarez who reached on a two-out throwing error by Tech shortstop Mel Goff. The Tigers added two more runs in the third inning as Simone Heyward singled in front of back-to-back walks to load the bases. Kailey McCasland singled home one run and then a second scored on a passed ball, upping the LSU lead to 3-0.

Tech recorded its only hit of the game as Amanda Krueger led off the top of the fourth inning with a single, but was stranded on first base. The only other base runner Tech had all game was a leadoff walk by Kendra Harmon in the first inning.

The bottom of the fourth inning saw LSU add two more runs as Juliana Santos plated both with a two-out single to left field, making the score 5-0.

LSU ended the game in the fifth as Alcaraz doubled home two runs and Heyward hit a sacrifice fly.

Jones (1-1) took the loss for Tech, allowing three runs - only one earned - on three hits and four walks in 2.1 innings of action. Kipp came on in relief and threw 2.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits and two walks.

Sophomore outfielder Katelynn Hill and junior utility Janna Frandrup earned all-tournament team honors for Tech. Hill batted .364 for the weekend, with three home runs and four RBI and 13 total bases. Frandrup earned her honors after batting .556 with four RBI and a .714 on-base average.

Tech returns to action Wednesday when the Lady Techsters host Southeastern Louisiana in a doubleheader that starts at 3 p.m.




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