April 5, 2014
DENTON, Texas - Freshman Pauline Tufi pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Louisiana Tech capitalized on a late-inning error as the Lady Techsters defeated North Texas 3-2 in the second game of a Conference USA doubleheader at Lovelace Stadium Saturday.
North Texas used a one-hitter by Ashley Kirk to lead the Mean Green to a 3-1 victory in game one of the day. The two teams are scheduled to play the third and final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. weather-permitting.
North Texas 3, LA Tech 1 (Game 1)
Ashley Kirk struck out 10 batters and allowed only a seventh inning double by Pauline Tufi in lead North Texas to the victory in the first game of the day. Kirk (16-6) picked up her 16th win of the season, taking a no-hitter into the final frame.
Tech (14-25, 5-9 CUSA) drew leadoff walks in three of the first four innings against Kirk but didn't put a ball into play until Janine Godwin lined out to centerfield leading off the top of the fifth inning.
North Texas (24-14, 9-5 C-USA) scored single runs in the second, fifth and sixth frames against Lady Techster starter Bianca Duran. The Mean Green took a 1-0 lead in the second on a two-out single by leftfielder Jackie Miller to left field scoring Taylor Schoblocher.
Tech kept the score 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Kat Strunk drove home the second run of the game with a sharp single off of Duran plating Wade and upping the advantage to 2-0.
Kirk's bid for the no-hitter was spoiled when Tufi led off the seventh inning with a double to left centerfield. Tori Charters came on to pinch run for Tufi and advanced to third on a ground out by Duran.
Charters then scored on a wild pitch as Janine Godwin walk, bringing the tying run to the plate in Hailey Winter. After Godwin advanced to second on a wild pitch, Winter grounded out sharply to third base to end the game.
Kirk picked up the win, striking out 10 while allowing one run on one hit and five walks. Duran (4-15) took the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out one.
LA Tech 3, North Texas 2 (Game 2)
Pauline Tufi surrendered a mammoth two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and then held North Texas to only two infield singles the rest of the game as Louisiana Tech came back to down the Mean Green 3-1.
After NT third baseman Jordan Terry hit her fourth home run of the year deep over the left field fence, Tech mounted its comeback. Duran reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by NT to start the second and then pinch runner Lindsey Neyland scored on Hailey Winter's RBI double to right centerfield, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
The score remained 2-1 into the fifth inning. Kristen Miles and Tufi recorded back-to-back singles with one out to put runners on the corner. Pinch runner Taylor Penn then broke for second base on a steal attempt and Bryana Wade's throw down to second base ricocheted off of the glove of shortstop Brooke Foster. The ball carried all the way to the centerfield fence, allowing both Miles and Penn to score as Tech took a 3-2 lead.
Tufi made the lead hold up, retiring the final 12 batters of the game. Tufi got some defensive help as Janine Godwin made a diving catch on a line drive by Terry leading off the sixth inning.
The Lady Techsters didn't commit an error on the day, extending its streak of errorless games to six - the longest since the 2005 season.
Tufi (10-7) picked up the win, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out seven.