March 24, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech recorded 10 extra base hits to sweep a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader from Utah State 10-1 and 5-1 Saturday afternoon at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
With the wins, Tech (15-17, 2-1 WAC) took two out of three from the Aggies (9-19, 1-2), who won the series opener 4-0 Friday night.
In the first game of the day, Tech sophomore Erin Kipp was stellar in both the circle and at the plate, recording the complete-game performance while also registering a career-high six RBI. Kipp was 3-of-3 at the plate with the six runs batted in - tying both Meghan Knowles and Kylie Bassett for second place in the Tech record books for RBI in a game.
After Kipp pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first inning, she ignited a three-run frame for the Lady Techsters in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and nobody on for Tech, Janna Frandrup doubled and Melanie Goff walked to put runners on first and second. Kipp then lined a pitch up the middle and past the Aggies centerfielder for a two-run triple, giving Tech a 2-0 lead.
Kipp then scored the third run of the inning on a fielding error by the Aggies shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro on a ground ball by Katelynn Hill.
Tech tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Dacia Hale doubled and moved to third with two outs before scoring on an RBI single by Amanda Krueger to left field. Frandrup singled and Goff walked to load the bases for Kipp, who then singled up the middle to plate two more runs and up the advantage to 6-0.
After Hill singled, Hale drove home the final run of the frame with a double to right centerfield.
Kipp then retired the first two batters in the top of the fifth before an error by Tech shortstop Michelle Jones kept the Aggies alive. Back-to-back singles by Utah State plated an unearned run before Hailey Froton flew out to right field to end the game.
Kipp (5-3) picked up the win, allowing five hits and one walk in 5.0 innings of action along with one strikeout.
In addition to Kipp's big day at the plate, Tech was led offensively by Krueger (2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Frandrup (2-for-2, 3 runs), Goff (1-for-1, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Hill (1-for-3), and Hale (2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run).
Dani Chaplin (1-2) took the loss for the Aggies, allowing six runs - five earned - on five hits and one walk in 1.2 innings of action.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Michelle Jones picked up her ninth win of the year in the circle while also recording a season-high two hits at the plate.
Jones (9-8) pitched out of jam in the top of the first inning and then got some early help from her offense in the bottom half of the frame. Krueger walked and Frandrup singled with one out and then both runners scored on a two-run double to left centerfield by Goff, giving Tech a 2-0 advantage.
Tech held Utah State scoreless and kept its 2-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Lady Techsters added some insurance runs.
Jones led the frame off with a double down the left field line and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kendra Harmon. Krueger walked and then stole second base before Frandrup hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Jones from third and giving Tech a 3-0 lead. Goff and Kipp then both followed with back-to-back RBI doubles as Tech pushed the advantage to 5-0.
Utah State scored its first run of the game in the top of the sixth inning on a solo home run by Christine Thomsen over the right field wall, only the third home run surrendered by Jones in 103.0 innings of work this season.
However, Jones settled down and didn't allow any more runs in the sixth or the seventh to preserve the victory.
Jones picked up the win, allowing one run on seven hits and three walks while striking out five batters in 7.0 innings of action.
Offensively, Tech was led by Goff (2-for-3, 1 run, 3 RBI), Jones (2-for-3, 1 run), Frandrup (1-for-1, 1 RBI, 1 run), Kipp (1-for-3, 1 RBI) and Krueger (2 runs).
Tech returns to action next weekend when the Lady Techsters travel to face San Jose State in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.