@LATechSB Rallies for 8-7 Win over UCA
Feb. 17, 2018
BATON ROUGE, La. – Kimmie Atienza hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh and Louisiana Tech rallied for two runs in the frame to record an 8-7 come-from-behind win over Central Arkansas in the first of two games Saturday at the Purple and Gold Challenge hosted by LSU.
Tech fell 2-0 to Oregon State in the second game as the Beavers scored two unearned runs in the first inning and made them hold up.
Game 1: LA Tech 8, UCA 7
LA Tech (4-7) jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Central Arkansas rallied for seven straight runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Morgan Turkoly doubled and scored on Taria Page’s single to right field to start the game as the Lady Techsters took a 1-0 advantage in the first inning. Tech added three runs in the second inning, two coming on a two-run single by Katie Smith.
Tech added a single run in the fifth on a double steal and throwing error by the UCA catcher as Jazlyn Crowder scored to up the Lady Techsters advantage to 5-0.
Freshman Jensen Howell worked three scoreless innings before surrendering a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Bailey Allen came on in relief in the fifth. Tech committed an error to begin the inning and then a walk and an RBI single as UCA cut the lead to 5-3. Preslee Gallaway then came on in relief and allowed three hits and four more runs in the frame as the Bears grabbed the 7-5 advantage.
Tech responded in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Smith, scoring Berkley Calapp who led the frame off with an infield single.
In the top of the seventh, Atienza hit her first career home run – a solo blast over the left field wall – to tie the game at 7-7. Addison Roark then doubled down the left field line and pinch runner Kailey Anderson moved to third on a sac bunt by Ali Galaz.
Calapp followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Anderson with the go-ahead run.
Howell re-entered the game in the sixth and responded, retiring five of the final six batters she faced to pick up the win. Howell induced a pop up with the tying run on second base that ended the contest.
Turkoly (3-3, 2 runs, SB), Smith (2-4, 1 run, 3 RBI, SB), Page (1-3), Atienza (1-2, HR, run, RBI), Roark (1-1), Anderson (run), Calapp (1-3, run, RBI, SB), Karlee Jensen (run), Emily Daniel (SB) and Crowder (1-2, run, SB) led Tech offensively.
Howell (2-1) picked up the win, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings of action.
Game 2: Oregon State 2, LA Tech 0
Oregon State capitalized on a first inning error to score two unearned runs and two Beaver pitchers combined to toss a shutout in the 2-0 win.
Krystal De La Cruz (0-4) was the hard-luck loser, tossing three innings while allowing two unearned runs on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Preslee Gallaway threw three scoreless innings in relief, retiring all nine batters she faced.
Tech will complete play at the tournament Sunday when it faces Southern Utah at 9:30 a.m.
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