Feb. 24, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Louisiana Tech fell to Southern Mississippi and Northwestern State for the second straight day as the Lady Techsters dropped a pair of non-conference contests Sunday at the Southern Miss Tournament.
LA Tech (5-8) lost 11-3 in six innings to the Lady Demons (12-2) and 5-3 to the Golden Eagles (8-11) during the final day of the two-day event.
Northwestern State 11, LA Tech 3 (6 innings)
Northwestern State scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to blow open a close game as the Lady Demons defeated Louisiana Tech 11-3.
After Tech scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3, Northwestern State exploded for seven runs on seven hits as Cassandra Barefield's three-run home run over the left field wall highlighted the big inning for the Lady Demons.
For the second straight day, NSU took an early lead in the top of the first inning as the Lady Demons plated two runs against LA Tech starter Janna Frandrup. After a single by Tara McKenney and a walk to Brittany Virgoe, Brianna Rodriguez roped a two-run double to right field to give NSU the lead.
The Lady Techsters answered with a single run in the bottom of the first as Amanda Krueger led off with a walk and advanced to third on single to right center by Kristen Miles. Tech then executed the double steal as Miles stole second base and Krueger stole home on the throw down to second. However, with runners on second and third and only one out, the Lady Techsters were unable to score again in the frame.
NSU added a solo run in the top of the third inning off Frandrup as Virgoe doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly, making the score 3-1 in favor of Northwestern State.
Tech tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Frandrup singled to right field and Alayna Kipp singled down the right field line, putting runners on first and third with no outs. After Tech failed to score on a suicide squeeze where Frandrup was thrown out at home, the Lady Techsters eventually loaded the bases with two outs.
Krueger then hit a soft roller to second base and beat the throw out for an infield single scoring two runs on the play as Erin Kipp scored from third and Dacia Hale scored all the way from second base, beating the throw home by the Lady Demons first baseman and tying the game at 3-3.
However, Tech's momentum was short-lived as the first seven batters reached in the top of the fifth inning as the Lady Demons sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.
Erin Kipp (2-2) took the loss in relief, allowing five runs on six hits and one walk in 1.0 innings of work. Frandrup allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in 4.0 innings of action.
Freshman Anna Cross also saw her first collegiate action in the circle, allowing one run on four walks while striking out two batters.
Southern Miss 5, LA Tech 3
Southern Miss built an early three-run lead and then held on late for the win as the Golden Eagles defeated the Lady Techsters for the second straight day.
After neither team was able to score in the first inning of action, USM loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second inning before Tech starter Michelle Jones recorded back-to-back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
Southern Miss then repeated the feat in the third inning, using two walks and a single to once again load the bases with no outs. One out later, MacKenzie Sher hit a two-run double to right field, giving USM a 2-0 advantage. USM added the third and final run of the frame on an RBI groundout.
Tech fought back in the top of the fourth inning. Frandrup and Meghan Knowles recorded singles and Janine Godwin drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Cross then lined a full-count pitch up the middle for a two-run single, trimming the USM lead to 3-2.
Despite Tech getting the leadoff batter on in both the fifth and sixth innings, the Lady Techsters were unable to score. USM then added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs and no one on, USM used a pair of singles, a walk and a wild pitch to increase its lead to 5-2.
In the Lady Techsters half of the seventh inning, Cross led off with a single and one out later Miles doubled down the left field line, putting runners on second and third. Erin Kipp then recorded an RBI ground out, pulling LA Tech to within 5-3. However, USM reliever Beth Dietrich recorded the final out of the frame, picking up her third save of the year.
Jones (3-4) took the loss, allowing five runs - four earned - on six hits and seven walks while striking out four batters.