Softball Sweeps Saturday Games in Starkville
March 4, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Michelle Jones pitched a pair of complete-games and her teammates belted four home runs as Louisiana Tech swept two games Saturday in the second day of the Bulldog Classic hosted by Mississippi State.
One day after dropping a pair of games, Tech defeated Eastern Illinois 2-0 and Samford 8-2 to even their record to 9-9 heading into Sunday's finale against Eastern Illinois at 11 a.m.
LA Tech 2, Eastern Illinois 0
Michelle Jones hurled a complete-game, two-hit shutout as the Lady Techsters defeated the Panthers 2-0.
Jones (6-3) threw a no hitter through four innings, inducing 10 ground ball outs as the only runner to reach base for Eastern Illinois reached on an error in the third inning. However, a 6-4-3 double play erased the base runner.
Tech threatened to score in the second inning as Mel Goff walked and moved to second on a single by Katelynn Hill. However, Panthers pitcher Reynae Hutchinson retired the next two batters to keep the scoreless game intact.
The Lady Techsters finally drew first blood in the bottom of the fourth inning as centerfielder Dacia Hale connected on her second home run of the season - a solo shot over the left field fence to give Tech a 1-0 lead.
EIU broke up Jones' bid at a no hitter in the top of the fifth inning as Bailey O'Dell singled to centerfield. However, after moving to second on a passed ball with two outs, Jones struck out the final batter of the inning.
The Panthers threatened again in the sixth as Ashley Anderton singled to right field to lead off the inning. Pinch runner Hannah Cole stole second base with two outs, but Jones recorded her second strikeout in as many innings to douse the threat.
Tech added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Janna Frandrup singled with one out. Dacia Hale then followed with a fielder's choice ground ball as pinch runner Charday Wilson was thrown out a second. Hale then stole second and scored on a single by Goff up the middle as Tech increased its lead to 2-0.
Jones retired the Panthers in order in the seventh to pick up the win.
Goff led Tech with two hits and one RBI while Hale (HR, RBI), Hill (1 hit) and Frandrup (1 hit) also recorded hits.
Jones picked up the win, allowing only two hits and no walks while striking out four.
LA Tech 8, Samford 2
Tech jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning despite recording only two hits. Tech loaded the bases with a Janine Godwin walk, an error by the Bulldogs infield and a single by Mel Goff. After Katelynn Hill drove in the first run with a bases-loaded walk, Knowles drove a pitch over the right field wall plating four runs and give Tech a 5-0 lead.
The Lady Techsters had an opportunity in the second to add to its lead after Hailey Winter singled and Godwin was hit by a pitch. Although the runners moved up to second and third with only one out, Tech was unable to plate any more runs.
Jones remained in control in the circle for LA Tech, allowing only one single through the first four innings. However, the Bulldogs used a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases in the fifth inning before Jones induced a ground ball for the final out of the frame.
Tech added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning as Hill led off with a double to right field and Knowles followed with her second home run of the day - a two-run shot to straight away centerfield, making the score 7-0.
Samford finally plated the first run of the day against Jones as the Bulldogs used a pair of singles and a ground ball out to cut the deficit to 7-1.
The Lady Techsters answered with a solo home run by Janna Frandrup with one out in the top of the seventh - her first home run of the season and her team-leading 17th RBI.
Jones allowed one run on three hits in the bottom of the seventh before recording the final out of the game.
Jones (6-3) picked up the win, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two.
Knowles (2 HR, 6 RBI), Frandrup (HR, 1 RBI), Hill (2B, RBI), Goff (1 hit) and Winter (1 hit) led Tech offensively. The three home runs were a team-high for a single game this season.