Tech Softball Captures Title at Southern Miss Tourney
Feb. 26, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Louisiana Tech won a pair of Sunday games in two different fashions to capture the title for the 2012 Gold Pub and Grill Classic hosted by Southern Mississippi this weekend.
The Lady Techsters (6-7) defeated IUPUI 2-1 in a pitcher's duel during the early morning and then came back a few hours later to defeat the host Southern Miss Golden Eagles 13-6 in a slugfest. Tech ended the two-day event with a 3-1 record, earning it the tournament championship crown.
Tech 2, IUPUI 1
Michelle Jones (4-2) picked up her fourth win of the season, allowing only one run on four this and one walk in the complete-game performance in the circle.
LA Tech made the most of its three hits in the game to improve to 3-0 all-time against the Jaguars.
IUPUI took an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the second inning. A leadoff single buy Jenny Royse followed by a fielding error by LA Tech put runners on first and third with nobody out against Jones. However, the junior settled down and induced a pop up for the first out of the frame. IUPUI's Ashley Seering then drove home the first run of the game with a ground out to shortstop for the second out of the frame.
Junior Meghan Knowles recorded the first hit of the game for Tech in the bottom of the second with a one-out single but couldn't advance past first base as IUPUI pitcher Samantha Bumbaugh retired the next two batters.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning when junior centerfielder Dacia Hale hit a solo home run over the left centerfield fence to tie the game at 1-1. It was Hale's first home run of the season and the first by a LA Tech player in the last eight games.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, freshman Alayna Kipp drew a one out walk. Pinch runner Rachel Allday then advanced to second on a single up the middle by shortstop Emma Eichman and then both runners moved up on a walk by Kendra Harmon.
Second baseman Amanda Krueger then drove home what would be the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, plating Allday and giving the Lady Techsters a 2-1 advantage.
IUPUI threatened in the top of the sixth inning as Jaguars Alicia Brewer singled and eventually moved to third with two outs. However, Jones struck out the final batter to end the threat.
After Tech failed to score in the bottom of the sixth, Jones retired the side in order in the seventh to preserve the win.
Hale, Knowles and Eichman each recorded a hit while Krueger and Hale added one RBI each.
Tech 13, Southern Miss 6
Louisiana Tech scored in six of its seven at bats recording a season-high in runs and hits as the Lady Techsters defeated Southern Mississippi 13-6 Sunday afternoon.
Tech jumped out to an early 5-0 lead scoring four times in the first and once in the second before the Golden Eagles (4-5) came roaring back to tie the game at 6-6 through four innings. However, Tech plated four in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to pull away for the victory.
Junior Janna Frandrup (1-1), who was 2-for-3 with three RBI at the plate, picked up the win in the circle in relief, scattering three hits and holding Southern Miss scoreless over the final 4.0 innings of action.
Tech also capitalized on wildness from USM starter Courtney Ramos, who allowed 14 hits and nine walks in the complete-game performance.
The Lady Techsters started their offensive assault early, scoring four runs on three hits and four walks in the top of the first inning. Dacia Hale, Alayna Kipp and Mel Goff each recorded RBI singles while Tricia Van Winkle drove home her first run of the season with a bases loaded walk as Tech led 4-0.
Goff, who got the start in the circle, worked a perfect bottom of the first.
Tech added a single run in the second inning on an RBI double by Katelynn Hill, which scored Frandrup who reached base after being hit by a pitch.
USM answered in the bottom of the second scoring four runs on three hits and one Tech error as Goff was chased after pitching to only three batters in the frame. Erin Kipp came on in relief and finally worker her way out of the frame but not before USM had cut the deficit to 5-4.
Southern Miss tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the third inning, scoring two runs on three hits off of Erin Kipp.
Neither team scored in the fourth as the game remained tied heading into the fifth. Tech loaded the bases on a pair of walks sandwiched around a Goff double as Tech took a 7-6 lead on a fielding error by USM off a ground ball from the bat of Krueger. Frandrup then followed with a two-run double down the left field line. Meghan Knowles hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate the fourth run of the fame as Tech led 10-6.
Tech added two more insurance runs in the sixth as Goff recorded her third hit of the game and Frandrup her third RBI of the day with a run scoring single.
Katelynn Hill capped the scoring for the Lady Techsters in the top of the seventh with her team-leading fourth home run of the year - a solo shot to left centerfield.
Alayna Kipp (3 hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Goff (3 hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Hill (2 hits, 2 RBI) and Frandrup (2 hits, 3 RBI) led Tech offensively.
The Lady Techsters return to action Wednesday when they travel to Texas to face Stephen F. Austin in a single game at 4 p.m.