April 5, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Louisiana Tech overcame a late five-run deficit to defeat Texas State 7-6 in eight innings in game one of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at Bobcat Softball Stadium Friday night.
Texas State fought back and won game two 7-3 as the two teams will complete the three-game series Saturday with a single game at 1 p.m.
Game One: LA Tech 7, Texas State 6 (8 Innings)
Dacia Hale rope a one-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning as Louisiana Tech completed a rally to defeat Texas State 7-6.
With the game tied at 6-6, Alayna Kipp and Janna Frandrup opened the top of the eighth with back-to-back singles and Meghan Knowles laid down a successful sacrifice bunt. Hale then ripped a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Kipp with the go-ahead run.
Melanie Goff retired all three Texas State batters in the bottom of the eighth to pick up her second win of the year. Goff (2-1) came on in relief of starter Anna Cross and threw 4.0 innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and no walks while striking out three.
Tech took an early 1-0 lead in the game on the strength of an Erin Kipp solo home run over the left centerfield wall in the top of the third inning.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Cross walked the first two batters and surrendered an infield single to Jordan Masek to load the bases with no outs. Kellie Baker then walked to drive home a run as Texas State tied the game at 1-1.
However, Tech (19-16, 5-3 WAC) would not go away quietly as it scored five runs on four hits in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6. A sacrifice fly by Frandrup scored Erin Kipp to make the score 6-2. With two outs and the bases loaded, Cross singled to centerfield scoring two and cutting the deficit to 6-4. Amanda Krueger then lined a two-run single down the left field line, tying the game at 6-6.
Goff retired the final 10 batters she faced in the game as Tech won its sixth in a row, the longest winning streak since 2001.
Offensively, Tech was led by Alayna Kipp (3-4, 2 runs), Krueger (2-4, 2 RBI), Erin Kipp (1-2, 1 run, 1 RBI), Goff (1-4, 1 run), Frandrup (2-3, 1 RBI), Hale (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Cross (1-3, 1 run, 2 RBI).
Game Two: Texas State 7, LA Tech 3
Texas State capitalized on some timely two-out hitting as the Bobcats won game two of the doubleheader 7-3 over the Lady Techsters.
Amanda Krueger gave the Lady Techsters an early lead as she belted her team-leading fifth home run of the season deep over the right field fence leading off the game. Tech appeared ready to blow the game open loaded the bases with two outs before Bobcat third baseman Courtney Harris snared a line drive off the bat of Dacia Hale for the final out of the frame.
Texas State regained the momentum in the bottom of the second inning, scoring four runs on five hits with four of the hits coming with two outs off Tech starter Anna Cross.
The score remained 4-1 until the bottom of the fourth when the Bobcats scored two more runs off Tech reliever Michelle Jones on singles by Katie Doerre and Haley Lemmons as the Texas State lead ballooned to 6-1.
Tech threatened in the top of the sixth inning as Meghan Knowles walked and Dacia Hale singled to put runners on first and second. However, with two outs, Cross hit a screaming line drive to left field that was caught for the final out, keeping the Bobcats lead at 6-1.
After an unearned run by Texas State on two throwing errors by the Lady Techsters infield increased the lead to 7-1 through six innings, LA Tech made one last push.
Krueger walked to lead off the seventh and one out later, Erin Kipp singled up the middle and Goff walked to load the bases. Janna Frandrup then lined a double to left centerfield, scoring two and making the score 7-3.
After a pitching change by Texas State, Knowles lined a pitch into the hole at shortstop that Jordan Masek made a diving catch on for the second out. Erin Kipp then ripped the first pitch she saw right at Masek for the final out of the game.
Cross (4-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in 1.2 innings of action. Michelle Jones pitched admirably in relief, allowing three runs - two earned - on four hits with six strikeouts in 4.1 innings.