Feb. 16, 2010
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech received a couple of solid pitching performances and some timely hitting to sweep a softball doubleheader from Southeastern Louisiana by the scores of 5-1 and 6-2 Tuesday evening at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Junior Meghan Krieg (1-0) and true freshman Michelle Jones (1-0) each recorded complete-game performances in the circle for the Lady Techsters while six different players recorded at least one RBI on the day.
"We not only got timely hitting, but we got hitting throughout our lineup ... not just the top of the order," said Tech head coach Sarah Dawson. "We produced from spots one through nine which was good to see at the beginning of the season."
In game one of the afternoon, Krieg allowed only one unearned run on four hits and five walks while striking out six in the victory while the LA Tech offense scored all five runs with two outs.
"Meghan definitely didn't pitch her best, but for her not to pitch her best and still hold a team to only one unearned run, I think that says a lot," Dawson said. "She knows the adjustments she needs to make. She said she felt like she was trying too hard."
Tech took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore Valerie Quiroga drove home the first run of the year, with a two-out RBI single to centerfield plating Kylie Bassett who led the inning off by reaching on a fielding error.
Krieg then got all the run support she would need in the bottom of the third inning as Tech scored three runs - all coming with two outs. Sophomore Christina Gamboa singled and moved to second with two outs on a ground out by Kallan Thompson.
The Lions (0-2) scored their only run of the game in the top of the fifth inning thanks to two LA Tech errors - one by Bassett and one by Krieg. With two outs and runners on second and third, Kelsey Nichols singled up the middle off of Krieg plating the lone Lions run.
Tech scratched for one more run in the bottom of the fifth as Bassett doubled down the left field line and then scored on a two-out RBI single by Heather Doiron.
Bassett led Tech's nine-hit attack with two doubles and three runs while Kirby added one hit and two RBI. Gamboa, Waits, Doiron, Quiroga and Sarah Offutt all recorded one hit each.
In the nightcap, Southeastern took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Jones, who was making her first collegiate start in the circle.
However, the Lady Techsters bounced right back in the bottom of the frame and scored four runs - the final three coming on a two-out, bases-clearing double by Gibson, giving LA Tech a 4-1 advantage.
Gibson's heroics were made possible by a great at bat by second baseman Heather Doiron, who fouled off ten pitches to finally draw a walk to load the bases in front of the third baseman. Gibson then made the most of her chance, lining a double to left center.
"Heather did a great job of extending the inning," Dawson said. "She fouled off a ton of pitches and gave Claire an opportunity. It was a big hit. Claire might not always hit for the highest average but she always seems to come up with the timely hit when we need it. It was a great job by both of them in that situation."
The score remained 4-1 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Tech added an unearned run. With one out, Kendra Harmon and Waits both singled and then Harmon came around to score on a throwing error by Southeastern Louisiana, making the score 5-1.
Jones surrendered a solo home run to Tamra Ladnier in the top of the sixth inning before Tech answered back with an RBI single by Amanda Parsonage, scoring Doiron who had singled in the frame.
"Michelle struggled with her control and worked behind in the count a lot today," Dawson said. "However, she was consistent. She had seven consistent innings ... she wasn't up and then down. She only gave up the two big hits to the same hitter.
"The best thing is she got her first game under her belt and now she has a better understanding of why we ask her to do certain things a certain way. She did what she needed to do today."
Waits led Tech with three hits while Kallan Thompson, Harmon, Doiron, Gibson, and Parsonage each added one hit.
Tech returns to action Saturday when they travel to the Southern Miss Tournament to take on Stephen F. Austin at 9 a.m. and Notre Dame at 2 p.m.