March 2, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Louisiana Tech dropped two games in the opening day of the 2012 Bulldog Classic as the Lady Techsters fell 5-4 to Columbia and 8-0 to Mississippi State on Friday.
Columbia 5, LA Tech 4
Louisiana Tech was two outs away from the victory but the Lions - playing their season opener - rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
With the two teams tied at 4-4 through six innings, Tech took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Dacia Hale led off with a single but was thrown out attempting to steal second base. Meghan Knowles then doubled and gave way to pinch runner Michelle Jones. After a walk to Katelynn Hill, both Jones and Hill successfully stole a base to place runners on second and third.
Erin Kipp retired the first batter in the bottom of the seventh before Columbia has four straight batters reach base safely, including a walk-off game-winning two-run double by Liz Caggiano.
Tech took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Hale singled with one out to drive home Krueger who had walked.
The game remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth inning when the Lady Techsters scored two more runs. Van Winkle walked and advanced to second on an infield single by Alayna Kipp. After Mel Goff moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt, Krueger drove them home with a two-out triple making the score 3-0.
Kipp cruised through the fifth and sixth retiring six of the first seven batters she faced before the Lions finally put the game-winning rally together in the seventh.
Kipp (2-3) took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of work. Goff got a no decision after allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk in 4.1 innings of action.
Offensively, Tech was led by Hale and Alayna Kipp with two hits and one RBI each.
Mississippi State 8, LA Tech 0
Three errors, five walks, two hit batters and one swing of the bat were too much to overcome as Louisiana Tech fell 8-0 to the host Bulldogs Friday evening.
The Lady Techsters proved to be their toughest opponent in this one as Tech allowed eight runs - four earned - on only five hits in the loss to the SEC Bulldogs. Seven of Mississippi State's runs came with two outs in the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Jones was one out away from not allowing any more damage but a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases for Mississippi State's top power threat Brittany Bell, who launched a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam ... giving the Bulldogs a 6-0 advantage.
Tech's best opportunity to score came in the top of the third inning when Mel Goff and Amanda Krueger registered back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with only one out. However, Kendra Harmon flew out to center field and Janna Frandrup grounded out to second base to end the threat.
Frandrup relieved Jones in the circle to begin the third inning and again Tech was one out away from a scoreless frame when an error by Krueger opened the gates for two more unearned runs to score as MSU led 8-0.
After a scoreless fourth for Tech, Frandrup recorded her best frame of the season in the circle, striking out the side in the bottom of the fourth.
Tech had one final opportunity in the top of the fifth but MSU reliever Shana Sherrod retired three straight batters to end the game.
Jones (4-3) took the loss, allowing six runs - four earned - on four hits and three walks in 2.0 innings of action. Frandrup pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing two unearned runs on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
Krueger, Goff and Katelynn Hill each recorded one it for Tech.
The Lady Techsters return to action Saturday when they face Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m. and Samford at 7 p.m.