March 30, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech overcame rain delays and an early deficit as the Lady Techsters defeated UT Arlington 9-3 Saturday evening at the Lady Techster Softball Complex to complete a three-game Western Athletic Conference sweep of the Mavericks.
Due to inclement weather throughout the north Louisiana area during the morning and early afternoon, the game was pushed back more than three hours. And by the time the two teams did start, it appeared as if the Mavericks had revenge on their mind after enduring a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Tech the night before.
UTA (17-16, 2-4 WAC) plated three runs in the top of the first inning against Lady Techster starter Anna Cross as back-to-back-to-back two-out hits plated runs for the Mavericks. UT Arlington recorded four of their six hits in the game in the opening frame.
However, Tech (17-15, 4-2 WAC) would answer in the bottom half of the frame, capitalizing on a pair of UT Arlington errors and a two-out, run-scoring double by Alayna Kipp as Tech cut the deficit to 3-2.
The two teams would then have to endure a 25-minute rain delay as the precipitation returned and the field was tarped once again.
Following the delay, the Lady Techsters seemed to return with more life. After retiring UT Arlington in the top of the second, Tech took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a two-run home run by Dacia Hale scoring Meghan Knowles who had singled.
Cross then roped a double off the top of the left field wall and one out later, scored on a throwing error by UTA third baseman Meagan Michelle increasing Tech's lead to 5-3.
After Cross retired the Mavs in order in the third, Tech once again took advantage of some wildness by UTA starter Callie Collins and a costly error. Tech loaded the bases with one out on a single by Janna Frandrup and then back-to-back hit batters. Cross then flew out to shallow right field for the second out, but on the play, Taylor Zink's throw home was mishandled by catcher Rachel Forshaw and rolled into the Tech dugout, allowing two runs to score.
Cross allowed back-to-back singles to open the top of the fourth inning but retired three straight Mavericks to work out of the jam.
Michelle Jones came on in relief of Cross to start the fifth and worked two scoreless innings, recording three strikeouts while allowing no hits and one walk.
Tech added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-out, two-run single by Melanie Goff which scored Cross and Miles who had doubled and walked.
Goff worked the final inning in the circle for Tech, retiring all three batters she faced.
Cross (4-2) earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk in 4.0 innings. Collins (2-10) took the loss, allowing nine runs - only four earned - on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
Cross (2-3, 2 runs), Hale (1-2, 1 run, 2 RBI), Goff (1-3, 1 run, 2 RBI), Alayna Kipp (1-4, 1 RBI), Frandrup (1-3, 1 run), Knowles (1-2, 1 run) and Miles (2 runs) led Tech offensively.
The Lady Techsters put their four-game winning streak on the line Tuesday when they host Nicholls State at 6 p.m.