March 1, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Louisiana Tech banged out a season-high 17 hits en route to an 11-2 run-rule shortened win over Louisiana-Monroe Friday during the first day of the 2013 Natchitoches Historic Development Commission Lady Demon Classic hosted by Northwestern State.
Tech (6-8) will return to action Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against Northwestern State and a 5:30 p.m. rematch against UL-Monroe.
The Lady Techsters broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the second inning when they plated seven runs on eight hits. Janna Frandrup opened the inning with a single and advanced to third on Meghan Knowles double. Dacia Hale then reached on an infield single, driving home the first run and giving Tech a 1-0 advantage.
Anna Cross then registered an RBI single. Two batters later, Cross and Amanda Krueger executed a double steal as Cross scored to give Tech a 3-0 lead. Melanie Goff and Frandrup both added two-run hits as the Lady Techsters took the 7-0 advantage after two innings.
After UL-Monroe (7-9) plated its first run of the game in the top of the third inning on a two-out RBI single by Faith Bohack off Tech starter Michelle Jones - one of only two hits Jones surrendered in the game - Tech came back and added onto its lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Erin Kipp doubled to left field to start the frame and then advanced to third on a single up the middle by Melanie Goff. Sophomore Alayna Kipp then belted a three-run home run - her first of the season - as the Lady Techters led 10-1.
Cross came on in relief of Jones to start the top of the fifth inning. After walking the first two batters she faced, Cross retired the next three allowing only one run to score.
Jones (4-4) picked up the win, allowing one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five in 4.0 innings of action. Stephanie Routzon (5-4) took the loss for the Warhawks, allowing 11 earned runs on 16 hits in 3.0 innings of work.
Offensively, Tech's offensive onslaught was led by Goff (3-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB), Frandrup (3-3, 1 run, 2 RBI), Erin Kipp (2-3, 2 runs, SB), Alayna Kipp (2-3, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBI, SB), Knowles (2-3, 2 doubles, 1 run), Hale (2-2, 1 RBI), Cross (2-2, 1 run, 1 RBI, 3 SB), Kristen Miles (1-4, 1 run), Cook (1 run), Cantu (1 RBI), and Krueger (2 SB).
Tech improved to 62-30 all-time against UL-Monroe.