@LATechSB Splits On First Day in College Station
March 2, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Louisiana Tech pitchers allowed just one run on the day as the Lady Techsters split two games in the first day of the Texas A&M Invitational at Aggies Softball Complex Friday.
Tech (10-9) defeated Texas State 2-0 before falling 1-0 to 6th ranked Texas A&M in the second game of the day.
"I thought we played really well today," said Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. "We pitched well. We played great defense. I thought we even hit the ball well today against very good pitching. Texas State is a great team and we beat their ace. Texas A&M is ranked in the top 10 in the country for a reason and we had our chances against them. If we keep playing like this, we are going to win a lot of games."
Tech will return to action Saturday when the Lady Techsters face Texas State at 10 a.m. and Utah at 5:15 p.m.
Game 1: LA Tech 2, Texas State 0
Junior Preslee Gallaway tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout as the Lady Techsters made two first inning runs stand up in the win over the Bobcats (13-5).
Gallaway (5-3) was dominate. The Pilot Point, Texas native surrendered just three hits and two walks while striking out six against a Texas State team that had defeated Utah 6-1 earlier in the day. She allowed hits in the first, second and fourth innings but the Bobcats never got a runner past second base all day.
Tech took the early lead against Texas State ace Randi Rupp, plating two unearned runs in the top of the first inning. Morgan Turkoly and Katie Smith recorded back-to-back singles with one out and both runners advanced a base on a fielding error by Texas State centerfielder Christiana McDowell.
With runners on second and third, freshman Sloane Stewartson laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored Turkoly. Texas State catcher Haleigh Davis picked up the bunt and misfired on her throw to first base, allowing Smith to score from second base on the play.
Tech had a few more opportunities to score in the game. However, the Lady Techsters stranded six runners, including three in scoring positon.
Game 2: #6 Texas A&M 1, LA Tech 0
Texas A&M second baseman Kaitlyn Alderink hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning and the Aggies recorded the final two outs of the game with the bases loaded to seal the win.
Tech freshman pitcher Jensen Howell got the start and worked three solid innings, allowing four hits and two walks and the lone run. Howell got some defensive help in the bottom of the second inning in a scoreless game when left fielder Morgan Turkoly robbed the Aggies of extra bases and two runs when she made a running catch, crashing into the left field wall for the final out.
Jenny Chapman came on in relief of Howell to start the fourth inning and was masterful, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks over the final three innings. Chapman also got some help from her defense as centerfield Jazlyn Crowder made a highlight reel diving catch in left centerfield to take extra bases away from the Aggies in the sixth inning.
Offensively, Tech had opportunities as the Lady Techsters stranded eight runners in the game. Tech best chance came in the top of the seventh inning. Jensen Howell was hit by a pitch, Kimmie Atienza recorded an infield single and Addison Roark was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. However, Aggies reliever Payton McBride retired Crowder and Turkoly to end the game.
Howell (2-2), Turkoly (1-3), Stewartson (1-2) and Atienza (1-1) led Tech offensively.
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