March 1, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After opening the day with a 9-1 loss to 24th ranked Arkansas, Louisiana Tech bounced back to defeat Stephen F. Austin 5-3 in the third place game of the 2014 Wooo Pig Fastpitch Classic.
Tech (8-10) finished the tournament 2-2 with a pair of wins over the Lumberjacks.
LA Tech 5, Stephen F. Austin 3
Bianca Duran and Kristen Miles each recorded three hits and Anna Cross drove home three runs as Louisiana Tech came-from-behind to defeat Stephen F. Austin 5-3 in the third place game of the Wooo Pig Fastpitch Classic.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning, the Lady Techsters (8-10) responded with three runs on three hits in the bottom half of the frame.
Miles singled and advanced to second on a fielding error committed by the SFA first baseman on a ball hit by Erin Kipp. One out later, Duran singled to right field, scoring Miles and cutting the deficit to 2-1. Following the second out of the inning, Cross doubled to right center, plating both Kipp and Duran and giving the Lady Techsters a 3-2 advantage.
Tufi settled down in the circle after the rough first inning and pitched unscathed through the following two frames.
In the bottom of the third, Duran led off with a double followed by a walk by Hailey Winter. Once again Cross came through at the plate, singling to left field and driving home Duran for a 4-2 lead. With the bases loaded and two outs, Miles reached on an infield single as Winter crossed home plate for the second run of the frame.
Duran came on in relief of Tufi in the top of the fourth inning and allowed only one run on three hits over the final 4.0 innings of action to pick up her sixth win of the season.
No. 24 Arkansas 9, LA Tech 1
Arkansas scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to blow open a one-run game as the 24th ranked Razorbacks defeated Louisiana Tech 9-1 at the Wooo Pig Fastpitch Classic Saturday.
After Arkansas took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring a pair of runs on one hit, the Lady Techsters responded in the top of the fourth frame. Anna Cross roped a two-out double off the centerfield wall and then scored on Katelynn Hill's RBI single to right field.
Tech starter Bianca Duran held Arkansas to only three hits through the first four innings of the game before the Razorbacks found some offensive rhythm in the bottom of the fifth. After surrendering back-to-back singles to start the frame, Duran was relieved in the circle by Pauline Tufi.
However, Arkansas continued the rally, recording four more hits in the frame while driving home five runs and pushing the advantage out to 7-1. After Tech failed to score in the sixth, UA plated two more runs on two hits and one Tech error in the bottom of the frame to end the game.
Tech was led offensively by Kristen Miles (1-2), Tufi (1-3), Cross (1-2, 1 run) and Hill (1-2, 1 RBI).
Duran (5-7) took the loss, allowing four runs - three earned - on five hits and two walks in 4.0 innings of action.