March 20, 2013
RUSTON - Carlie Thomas pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Stephen F. Austin defeated Louisiana Tech 2-0 Wednesday night at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Offensively, LA Tech (12-13) didn't back an impressive performance by starter Anna Cross and relievers Janna Frandrup and Michelle Jones who combined to allow only one earned run on four hits on the night.
Cross (0-1), making her first career start in the circle, tossed 4.1 innings allowing only one earned run on four hits and two walks. A fourth inning solo home run by Shalie Day was the lone mistake that Cross made in the circle.
Frandrup came on in relief of Cross in the top of the fifth inning with Stephen F. Austin threatening to extend its 1-0 lead with runners on first and second and two outs. However, Frandrup induced a ground ball out by SFA leadoff hitter Elizabeth Arana to end the scoring threat.
SFA added to its lead in the top of the sixth inning, capitalizing on a controversial over-ruling at first base. Lindsay Campbell struck out swinging to lead off the inning but a passed ball by Alayna Kipp gave Campbell a chance to reach first.
However, Kipp threw a strike to first base and Campbell was called out on a bang-bang play. Following an argument by the SFA coaching staff, the umpires overturned the call, ruling Campbell safe. A sacrifice bunt and wild pitch allowed the SFA runner to reach third with two outs before a fielding error allowed Campbell to score, increasing the lead to 2-0.
Thomas didn't need the insurance run as she stayed in complete control for seven innings, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work.
Tech's only true scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the third inning in a scoreless game when Janine Godwin reached on an infield single and Cross walked. Following a wild pitch that allowed the runners to move to second and third base, Kristen Miles grounded out to third to end the inning.
Godwin and Miles recorded the only two hits of the game for LA Tech, which opens Western Athletic Conference play Friday at New Mexico State.