@LATechSB Drops Saturday Pair at Texas A&M
March 3, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Louisiana Tech dropped a pair of games during the season day of the Texas A&M Invitational as the Lady Techsters fell 6-2 to Texas State and 5-3 to Utah at the Aggies Softball Complex Saturday.
Tech will complete action Sunday with a 12:15 p.m. rematch against 6th ranked Texas A&M.
Game 1: Texas State 6, LA Tech 2
Texas State pitcher McKenna Fryar retired the first 12 batters she faced and the Bobcats (14-6) capitalized on a controversial obstruction call in a four-run fourth inning to defeat the Lady Techsters 6-2.
Tech (10-11) trailed 1-0 heading into the fourth inning when starter Krystal De La Cruz walked the leadoff batter for the Bobcats. Texas State catcher Haleigh Davis then drove a pitch into the right centerfield gap, plating a run. On the play, the throw from the outfield came in and sailed past Tech third baseman Berkley Calapp into the fence in front of the Tech dugout.
Calapp ran down the ball and threw a strike home to get Davis by two steps. However, the first base umpire ruled obstruction on Calapp at third base and the runner was ruled safe to make the score 3-0. De La Cruz then allowed an infield single, prompting a pitching change as freshman Jensen Howell came on in relief.
Howell was greeted rudely as Texas State pinch hitter Brianna Sannem drove the second pitch she saw deep over the left field wall for a two-run home run and the Bobcats led 5-0.
McKenna cruised in the circle for Texas State. Howell broke up the perfect game by leading off the fifth inning with a soft liner that fell in left centerfield.
With Texas State leading 6-0, Tech finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning. Morgan Turkoly led off with a single and then Katie Smith followed with a two-run home run for the only scoring of the game for Tech.
De La Cruz (0-5) took the loss, allowing four runs – three earned – on five hits and one walk. Howell allowed two runs on four hits in 2.1 innings and Jenny Chapman worked the final 1.2 innings, retiring five of the six batters she faced.
Game 2: Utah 5, LA Tech 3
LA Tech jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Utah, a Super Regional team from last year, plating three runs in the bottom of the second inning. However, the Lady Techsters weren’t able to capitalize on two big opportunities to increase the lead and the Utes would rally.
Taria Page led off the second inning with a solo home run to left center field as Tech led 1-0. Ali Galaz and Bayli Simon then both singled and one out later Karlee Jensen walked to load the bases with two outs. Jazlyn Crowder then drove home two runs with a single to centerfield, pushing the Tech lead to 3-0. Turkoly would then walk to load the bases again, but a strikeout looking end the inning.
Page walked and Galaz singled to put runners on the corners with one out in the third inning. Galaz then stole second base but Tech was unable to get either of the runs home as a strikeout swinging and a ground out to third base ended the threat.
Tech starter Preslee Gallaway cruised through the first three innings before Utah struck for three runs on four hits and one error in the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3.
The Utes added two more runs in the fifth inning as Chapman came on in relief to get Tech out of the frame. The sophomore would work three scoreless innings allowing just one hit and two walks to keep the deficit at two runs.
Utah used three pitchers in the win. Tech got the tying run on first base with no outs in the seventh but Viramontes retired the next three batters to earn her second save of the season.
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