March 2, 2008
OXFORD - Freshman Meghan Krieg was two outs away from pitching her first collegiate no-hitter but had to settle for a one-hitter and some help in leading Louisiana Tech to a 2-1 win over Troy in the final game of the Ole Miss Red & Blue Classic.
With Tech (10-10) leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Krieg retired the first batter before Troy right fielder Courtney Davis singled to left field.
Oliver, who picked up her first save of the season, retired the next batter on a ground ball to shortstop. With runners on first and third, Davis scored on a wild pitch making the score 2-1.
However, Oliver induced a ground ball out to second baseman Heather Doiron to end the game.
"Meghan really pitched well," Dawson said. "She got ahead in the count most of the day. Troy chased a lot of her stuff and kept getting the same results. I could tell she was tiring so as soon as the no hitter was broken up in the seventh, I put Krissi in.
"I thought Krissi showed a lot of maturity too. She came in and showed why she is our most experienced pitcher. I was proud of her."
Krieg (3-0) earned the win, allowing one earned run on one hit and three walks while striking out four.
Offensively, Tech struck for its two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Amberly Waits led the frame off with a double and advanced to third on a fly ball out by Tech designated player Regan Clark. Waits then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Lady Techsters a 1-0 lead.
Krieg and Oliver would make the two runs stand up.
"I think offensively, we are still too up and down," Dawson said. "There is some maturing we still need to do as hitters. We need to become more consistent. This weekend we looked good Friday, not very good yesterday and then good again today. Some of it is confidence.
"Defensively, we made some errors that hurt us. We saw some good competition this weekend, and we played a lot of tight games. We experienced pressure and did a good job of winning three 1-run games."
Tech returns to action Wednesday when the Lady Techsters host Northwestern State at 6 p.m. in a single game.