March 3, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Louisiana Tech finished off an impressive weekend by splitting its final two games of the Natchitoches Historic Development Commission Lady Demon Classic hosted by Northwestern State.
Tech (9-9) defeated Alcorn State (1-12) 8-2 before falling 6-0 to the host Demons (17-3). The Lady Techsters finished the weekend 4-1 and improved their overall record to 9-9.
Head coach Mark Montgomery and Co. batted .375 for the weekend with 10 doubles, three triples and four home runs while successfully stealing 19 bases in 21 attempts.
"We made some definite improvements," Montgomery said. "We had a little bit of a letdown today. I don't think we played our best today. I'm proud with overall outcome this weekend. I also recognize we have lots of things to continue to work on. It is really pleasing to see us fix some of the things we needed to work on. There are just a few more areas we need to concentrate on moving forward.
"We are getting better at making adjustments earlier during the course of the game, and you are starting to see that. Now we aren't going through four innings with nothing happening. We might go an inning or two but then we make adjustments. There is still a lot of work to be done. We took a great leap forward when we played Northwestern State (Saturday) and beat them and then we took a small step back today."
LA Tech 8, Alcorn State 2
Erin Kipp earned the win in the circle while also helping her cause at the plate leading Louisiana Tech to an 8-2 win over Alcorn State Sunday morning in Natchitoches.
Kipp, who improved to 3-2 in the circle, was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases in lead Louisiana Tech to an 8-2 victory over Alcorn State.
Tech (9-8) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Amanda Krueger walked, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on Kipp's double to left centerfield.
The Lady Techsters retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three runs with two outs in the frame. Michelle Jones led off with a single, stole second base and advanced to third on a ground out. After Hailey Winter was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, Tech executed a double steal as Jones crossed home plate to tie the game at 2-2.
Kipp led the bottom of the fifth inning off with a triple and scored on an RBI single by Jones as Tech increased its advantage to 5-2.
The Lady Techsters put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning as Cross doubled, stole third and scored on an RBI double by Krueger to left field. One out later, Kipp drove Krueger home with a single to left field. Following a stolen base, Melanie Goff scored Kipp on a single to centerfield as the Lady Techsters grabbed an 8-2 lead.
Janna Frandrup came on in relief in the top of the seventh and retired three straight batters as the Lady Techsters won their fourth straight game.
Kipp (3-2) picked up the win, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of action.
Offensively, Tech's 12-hit attack was led by Kipp (4-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 runs, 2 SB), Krueger (2-3, 3B, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Cross (2-3, 2B, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 2 SB), Jones (2-2, 1 run, 1 RBI, 2 SB), Kristen Miles (1-4), Goff (1-3, 1 RBI) and Winter (1 run, 1 SB).
Northwestern State 6, LA Tech 0
Kylie Roos limited the Lady Techsters offense to only four hits and recorded the first shutout of the year of LA Tech with the 6-0 victory.
Melanie Goff (0-1) got the start in the circle for the Lady Techsters and allowed three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out two in 3.0 innings of action. Michelle Jones came on in relief and lasted only a third of an inning, allowing three runs - only one earned - on three hits. Janna Frandrup then came on and retired all eight batters she faced.
"I thought Mel showed some good pitching prowess and that was nice," Montgomery said. "Janna was great today. She threw three fantastic innings against NSU and shut them down. I told her to hit her spots and she did that. I hope that's a sign of things to come. She only missed two pitches in those three innings."
NSU scored one run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by C DelaGarza and then added one more in the third on a solo home run by Brittany Virgo as the Demons took a 2-0 lead.
Meghan Knowles led the top of the third off with a line drive double to right field but was stranded on second base as Roos retired the next three batters.
Northwestern State broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring four runs - only one earned - on four hits and one costly LA Tech error.
"We didn't quite have as good of an approach at the plate in that game, but we still had three or four balls that we hit that were caught at the warning track," Montgomery said. "Again, overall, I was pleased by the entire weekend."
Krueger (1-3), Miles (1-3), Erin Kipp (1-3) and Knowles (1-3) led Tech offensively in the loss.
Tech will return to action Wednesday when the Lady Techsters travel to Nacogdoches, Texas to face Stephen F. Austin in a single game at 4 p.m.