March 10, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Louisiana Tech struggled during the opening day of the 2012 War Eagle Classic as the Lady Techsters fell to 20th ranked Auburn 3-0 and Evansville 11-3 Friday.
In the first game of the day, Tech managed only one hit against Auburn starter Angel Bunner (7-0) who gave up a single to Amanda Krueger with one out in the top of the first inning. Bunner also surrendered one walk and struck out four as only three Techsters reached base in the game.
The Tigers (17-3) scored two runs in the third and one run in the fifth off Tech starter Michelle Jones (6-5), who allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks in 4.1 innings of action in the circle.
Auburn took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-out, two-run double by Elizabeth Eisterhold off of Jones. The Tigers added a single run in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Eisterhold, who finished the game with three RBI.
Janna Frandrup came on in relief of Jones in the fifth and allowed one hit in 1.2 innings of action.
In the second game of the day, Evansville blew open a close game by scoring five runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to defeat the Lady Techsters 11-3.
Tech took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on Tricia Van Winkle's solo home run - her first of the year. However, the lead was short-lived as the Aces scored three runs in the bottom of the frame off Jones.
The game remained 3-1 until the bottom of the fifth when Evansville erupted for five runs on six hits and one Tech error. The big blow was a three-run home run by Amy Gaetner off reliever Erin Kipp as Evansville took an 8-1 advantage.
Evansville ended the game in the sixth, scoring three more runs - with two coming on Gaetner's second home run of the game.
Harmon, Krueger, Hale, Melanie Goff, Kipp and Van Winkle each registered one hit.
Tech returns to action Saturday when the Lady Techsters play George Washington at 5:30 and Presbyterian at 8 p.m.