Techsters Sweep Alcorn State
March 23, 2009
Tech (16-14) came back in the nightcap to win 10-2 in six innings in a game that was stopped due to the eight-run rule.
In game one, senior Krissi Oliver (6-9) picked up the win in the circle, scattering six hits and one walk in the complete-game shutout performance. She added six strikeouts in the win.
Tech took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Waits launched her eighth home run of the season over the centerfield fence. It was Waits' 17th career home run, tying her with LeeAnn Jarvis for third place in the Tech record books.
The Lady Techsters increased their advantage in the bottom of the third inning as Emma Barnes led the frame off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Danielle Sheridan. Waits then came through again, driving Barnes home with a double to centerfield as Tech upped its lead to 2-0.
Kirby gave Tech a 3-0 advantage with a solo home run over the left field wall with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, her third homer of the season.
Oliver cruised until the top of the seventh inning when Alcorn State mounted a two-out threat with three straight singles to load the bases. However, Oliver induced an infield pop up to end the game.
Kirby led Tech with three hits while Waits added two.
In the second game of the night, Tech banged out 11 hits and capitalized on five Lady Braves errors in defeating Alcorn State 10-2.
Sophomore Meghan Krieg (9-3) earned the win, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out nine in 5.0 innings of work.
Offensively, Tech scored in five of six at bats in the victory.
The Lady Techsters took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI groundout by Waits and a RBI sacrifice fly by Kylie Bassett.
After Tech increased its lead to 3-0 on an unearned run in the third, the Lady Techsters took a commanding 6-0 advantage in the fourth when Oliver launched a three-run home run, her first of the season.
The home run came after Sheridan reached on a single and Gibson reached on an error.
Alcorn State scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning on a two out, two-run double by Harrington off of Krieg.
The Lady Techsters added two more unearned runs in the fifth with the last coming on an RBI single by freshman Allie Geisler.
Tech ended the game plating their final two runs in the sixth. Shelley Simmons drew a walk to start the frame and then freshman Chrissy Short followed with her first collegiate hit to put runners on first and second. Christina Gamboa then registered a bunt single to load the bases.
One out later, Gibson recorded a two-run single to plate Simmons and Short to end the game.
Oliver and Kirby each registered two hits in the game.
Tech returns to action Wednesday when it travels to face Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m.
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