Techsters Down South Dakota 3-1
Feb. 21, 2014
MONROE - Erin Kipp homered and three Louisiana Tech pitchers shut down a high-powered South Dakota offense as the Lady Techsters defeated the Coyotes 3-1 in the opening game of the Warhawk Classic in Monroe Friday.
In the nightcap, LA Tech (4-8) fell to ULM by a score of 8-0 in five innings.
LA Tech 3, South Dakota 1
After surrendering a run on three hits - including a pair of bloop outfield doubles - in the top of the first inning, Bianca Duran (3-6) settled down in the circle while combining with Pauline Tufi and Anna Cross to hold South Dakota (6-4) scoreless the rest of the game.
Trailing 1-0 after the top of the first, Tech answered in the bottom half of the frame as Erin Kipp launched her first home run of the season, a solo shot deep over the left centerfield fence to tie the game at 1-1.
With Duran retiring six straight hitters through the second and third innings, LA Tech's offense struck again in the bottom of the third frame. Erin Kipp led the frame off with a walk and then scored on Pauline Tufi's double to right centerfield, giving Tech a 2-1 lead.
The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Lady Techsters added an insurance run. Junior outfielder Janine Godwin tripled down the right field line and then scored on Katelynn Hill's sacrifice fly to right field, upping the Tech advantage to 3-1.
The Lady Techsters threatened to add to its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tufi singled and one out later Hailey Winter walked to put runners on first and second. With two outs, Godwin roped a shot to left centerfield where Coyote centerfielder Katie Dinning made a diving catch for the final out of the frame, saving two more runs.
South Dakota loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning via a hit and two walks. Cross came on in relief of Tufi and struck out Christine Broders looking for the final out of the frame, preserving the 3-1 lead.
The Coyotes had one more opportunity to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Cross surrendered a single and a walk to put runners on first and second with only one out but Winter snared a line drive at third base and doubled off the South Dakota runner at second to end the game.
Duran picked up the win, allowing one run on four hits and no walks in 4.0 innings of action. Cross (1) earned her first save of the season, allowing one hit and one walk in 1.1 innings of action while striking out two.
Tufi led Tech offensively, going 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI while Kipp (1-2, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Kristen Miles (1-4), Winter (1-1, 2 walks), Godwin (1-3, 1 run) and Hill (1 RBI) each contributed at the plate.
The win snapped South Dakota's three-game winning streak which included victories over Kansas and Cal State Fullerton.
ULM 8, LA Tech 0
ULM (8-3) scored three runs in the second and third innings and two more in the fifth to defeat the Lady Techsters in the second game of the evening.
Duran (3-6) made the start for Tech and after pitching a scoreless first inning, found trouble in the circle in the bottom of the second. After walking the leadoff batter, Duran retired the next batter before a fielding error by Winter at third base put runners on first and second. Outfielder Mackenzie Miller then ropped a two-run double down the left field line and then scored on a throwing error by Cross to home plate as ULM took a 3-0 lead.
ULM added three more runs in the bottom of the third inning on a two-out, three-run home run by freshman Vanessa Garcia deep over the left field wall off of Tufi, upping the advantage to 6-0.
Tech threatened in the top of the fourth inning when Godwin doubled and Katelynn Hill walked to put runners on first and second. However, Hamby retired the next two batters to end the threat.
ULM ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Cross came on in relief and issued two walks and a single to load the bases. After an RBI groundout made the score 7-0, Cross surrendered a single through the right side of the infield plating another run and ending the contest.
Duran took the loss, allowing five runs - three earned - on four hits and one walk in 2.0 innings of action while striking out four.
Tech returns to action Saturday with a 1:15 p.m. contest against Alcorn State and a 3:30 p.m. game against Southern.
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