March 11, 2012
AUBURN - Kendra Harmon recorded a career-high four hits but Louisiana Tech committed a season-high six errors as the Lady Techsters fell 7-6 in eight innings to Drexel Sunday in the final game of the War Eagle Classic.
Tech (11-15) got solid pitching performances from starter Michelle Jones and reliever Janna Frandrup and totaled 11 hits in the game. However, it wasn't enough to overcome a plethora of errors that led to all seven of Drexel's runs being unearned.
The Lady Techsters took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Harmon and Amanda Krueger led the game off with back-to-back doubles. Kruger's team-leading ninth double of the year scored Harmon as Tech jumped out on top.
Jones cruised until the top of the third inning when three infield errors by Tech led to three unearned runs as Drexel recorded only one hit in the frame.
Tech responded with a four-run fourth inning. With one out, Allie Geisler and Tricia Van Winkle both singled and then Harmon drove home the first run with an RBI single, making the score 3-2. Krueger then drew a walk to load the bases for Frandrup, who drove two runs home with a single to right field as Tech took a 4-3 advantage.
Dacia Hale then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, plating the final run of the inning as Tech led 5-3.
Frandrup relieved Jones in the fourth and looked sharp until disaster hit again in the top of the fifth inning as Drexel tied the game with two more unearned runs on three hits and a pair of Lady Techster errors.
The game remained tied going into the top of the eighth inning. Using the international tiebreaker rule, a runner was placed on second for Drexel. After a ground out moved the runner to third, Frandrup surrendered a walk and then an RBI single to give Drexel a 6-5 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, Tech committed its sixth error of the day allowing another run to score as the lead increased to 7-5.
Harmon led Tech with a 4-for-4 performance, including two runs and two RBI while Frandrup (2 RBI), Geisler and Van Winkle each registered two hits.
Frandrup (1-3) was tagged with the loss, despite not allowing an earned run in 5.0 innings of relief (4 unearned runs on five hits). Jones got the no decision after allowing 3 runs (0 earned) on only one hit and three walks in 3.0 innings of action.
Tech is scheduled to play its first home game of the year Monday at 3 p.m. in a doubleheader against Southeastern Louisiana but the contest could be postponed due to the inclement weather in the north Louisiana area. A decision will be made early Monday morning.