Feb. 28, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Alayna Kipp hit a three-run home run - her second of the game - in the top of the seventh inning to lift Louisiana Tech to a 4-3 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the first game of the 2014 Wooo Pig Fastpitch Classic on Friday.
Tech fell 3-2 to Drake in the second game of the day.
LA Tech 4, SFA 3 (Game 1)
With Tech trailing 3-1 heading into the top of the last frame, Anna Cross doubled and Janine Godwin singled to put runners on the corners. Following a pitching change by the Lumberjacks, Kipp blasted a three-run shot over the left field wall off of SFA ace Carlie Thomas to give the Lady Techsters the lead.
Pauline Tufi, who came on in relief for Tech starter Bianca Duran in the fifth inning, retired the first two SFA batters in the bottom of the seventh inning. Anna Cross then came in to close out the game as she induced a ground ball back to the circle to end the game.
Alayna Kipp recorded her first career multi-home run game in the victory. With Tech trailing 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning, Kipp hit a solo home run to straight away centerfield to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Following a 30-minute rain delay between the top and the bottom half of the fifth inning, SFA added a single run in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out RBI double off of Tufi.
Duran started the game for Tech in the circle and allowed only two hits and two walks in 4.0 innings of action. However, Duran surrendered two unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Tech committed three errors in the frame.
Tufi (2-1) earned the win in relief, allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out two in 2.2 innings of action. Cross picked up her second save of the year.
Drake 3, LA Tech 2 (Second Game)
Drake capitalized on a costly error and three walks to plate two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to down Louisiana Tech 3-2 in the second game of the day.
With Tech leading 2-1 heading into the final frame, reliever Anna Cross induced a ground ball to shortstop to begin the inning that turned into an error. After a sacrifice bunt and a single to right field put runners on the corners with one out, Cross induced a ground ball back to the circle and she proceeded to throw the runner from third out at home for the second out of the frame.
However, Drake drew back-to-back-to-back walks to force home two runs as it picked up its third win of the season. Both runs were unearned as Tech pitchers combined to allow only two earned runs on the entire day (two games). However, five errors by the Tech infield on the day aided four unearned runs.
Tech (7-9) took an early 2-0 lead over Drake, scoring single runs in the second and third innings.
The Lady Techsters started the scoring in the top of the second inning, capitalizing one a Hailey Winter leadoff single and then three Drake errors. Janine Godwin scored the first run of the game when Drake committed the third error of the inning on a ground ball off the bat of Katelynn Hill.
Tech added a run in the top of the third inning. An Erin Kipp double and two walks loaded the bases and Cross drove home a run with a two-out RBI single to centerfield, giving Tech a 2-0 lead.
Drake scored its only earned run of the game on a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning off Duran.
Cross (0-2) took the loss for Tech, allowing the two unearned runs on one hit and three walks. Duran started and allowed only one run on three hits while striking out two in 3.1 innings of action. Tufi was outstanding in the circle, retiring all eight batters she faced.
Offensively, Erin Kipp (2-4, 1 SB), Cross (1-2, 1 RBI), Miles (1-4, 1 SB), Tufi (1 run), Winter (1-1, 2 walks, 1 SB), and Godwin (1 run) led the way.
The Lady Techsters will return to action Saturday when they face 24th ranked Arkansas at 11:30 a.m.