Tech Softball Falls Twice
March 13, 2013
LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana Tech saw its modest three-game losing streak snapped Wednesday afternoon as the Lady Techsters fell 4-1 and 9-1 to UL-Lafayette at Lamson Park.
In the first game of the day, Tech committed two costly errors and issued three walks in the bottom of the first inning as the Ragin' Cajuns (18-9) scored all four of its runs on the strength of only one base hit. Every run was unearned in the frame.
Head coach Mark Montgomery used a pitcher-by-committee philosophy as he rotated four hurlers early in the contest to try to keep UL-Lafayette off balance. However, the Lady Techsters weren't able to overcome the early miscues or Ragin' Cajun hurler Jordan Wallace.
Wallace limited Tech to only four hits in the game, allowing one run.
Freshman Kristen Miles recorded the first hit of the game for the Lady Techters leading off the top of the fourth inning but was stranded on first base.
Tech finally got on the scoreboard against Wallace in the top of the fifth inning as Janna Frandrup reached on an infield single, moved to second base on a long fly ball by Meghan Knowles and then scored on a RBI double by Dacia Hale, cutting the deficit to 4-1.
In the top of the sixth inning, it appeared as though the Lady Techsters scored their second run on a double steal. However, a late and controversial call by the home plate umpire ruled that Melanie Goff didn't cross home plate before the tag was put on Alayna Kipp on a double steal attempt for the final out of the inning.
The Lady Techsters got one runner on base in the top of the seventh before Wallace sealed the door for the Cajuns.
Miles, Frandrup, Knowles and Hale all recorded one hit for LA Tech.
Jones (8-6) took the loss, allowing two unearned runs on one hit and three walks in 1.0 inning of action.
In the second game of the day, UL-Lafayette plated three runs in each of the first three innings as it pulled away for the run-rule victory.
ULL opened the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles before Sarah Draheim blasted a three-run home run to left field off Tech starter Michelle Jones.
After a three-up, three-down inning for LA Tech in the top of the second, Anna Cross came on to pitch in the bottom half of the frame. Cross allowed four singles - the first hits of the year allowed by the freshman - as UL-Lafayette added three more runs to up the advantage to 6-0.
Tech appeared as it would get through the third inning unscathed after Melanie Goff retired the first two batters she faced. However, back-to-back-to-back singles and a two-run double plated three more runs to make the score 9-0.
The Lady Techsters struck for their lone run in the top of the fifth inning off ULL starter Victoria Brown as Alayna Kipp singled to right field, advanced to third on back-to-back ground outs and then scored on pinch hitter Katelynn Cook's single.
Jones (8-7) took the loss in game two, allowing three runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of work.
After 24 straight games away from Ruston to open the season, LA Tech will host Stephen F. Austin March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.