March 2, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. - While the vast majority of their graduating classmates were participating in winter commencement exercises on the Louisiana Tech campus Saturday afternoon, Lady Techster seniors Michelle Jones and Amanda Krueger were leading their team to victory.
Both Jones and Krueger earned their bachelor degrees Saturday even though they were 100 miles away from the Ruston campus lifting Louisiana Tech to a 4-3 win over Northwestern State, snapping the Demons 11-game winning streak.
Jones (5-4) picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Techsters, allowing three runs - only two earned - on seven hits and one walk while striking out three in 5.2 innings of action. The Scurry, Texas native gave way to fellow senior Melanie Goff with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth and Goff induced a ground ball out from NSU's best hitter in Tara McKenney to end the threat.
Goff earned her first save of the season by retiring the Demons without allowing a run in the seventh to seal the win, Tech's second in as many days at the Natchitoches Historic Development Commission Lady Demon Classic.
While Jones was stellar in the circle, Krueger came up with the eventual game-winning hit as her two-run single in the top of the fifth inning capped a four-run frame for the Lady Techsters. Krueger finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with the two RBI and her seventh stolen base of the year.
Northwestern State took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings. After allowing a leadoff single by Krueger to start the game, Demon pitcher Brooke Boening settled down and kept LA Tech hitless until the top of the fifth inning when the Lady Techsters bats came to life.
Alayna Kipp opened the frame with a single to right field and moved to third on back-to-back infield singles by Janna Frandrup and Meghan Knowles. One out later, Anna Cross registered an RBI infield single as a second run game in on the play on a throwing error by the Demons infield as the game was tied at 2-2.
Brianna Rodriguez led the bottom of the sixth inning off with a solo home run for Northwestern State, cutting the Tech lead to 4-3. A single, walk and fielding error then loaded the bases for the Demons with no outs before Jones induced a pop up for the first out of the inning. Jones then got Shanequa Abby to ground back to her for a force out at home for the second out before giving way to Goff who recorded the final out of the frame.
Offensively, Tech was led by Krueger (2-4, 2 RBI, SB), Kipp (1 hit), Katelynn Cook (1 run), Frandrup (1 hit, 1 run), Knowles (1 hit, 1 run), Hale (1 hit), and Cross (1 hit, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 SB).