April 10, 2013
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Anna Cross homered and tossed four shutout innings to lead Louisiana Tech to a 5-0 victory over Northwestern State Wednesday night in a game that was called after six innings due to lightning in the area.
Tech (20-17) scored three runs on four hits in the top of the first inning as NSU starter Brooke Boening retired only one batter before giving way to reliever Kylie Roos. Boening (7-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up three earned runs on four hits and one walk in the one-third inning of work.
The Lady Techsters - which evened the season series against NSU to 3-3 with its second straight shutout over the Demons (28-10) - scored early as Amanda Krueger walked before Kristen Miles and Erin Kipp both reached on infield singles to load the bases.
After Melanie Goff lined out to Boening in the circle for the first out, Alayna Kipp singled up the middle, plating Krueger and Miles for a 2-0 LA Tech lead. Janna Frandrup then singled home Erin Kipp for the third run of the inning, chasing Boening from the game.
Following a perfect bottom of the first for Cross in the circle, the freshman came through at the plate leading off the top of the second inning with a mammoth home run to left centerfield, her team-leading fifth of the season as Tech led 4-0.
Tech had numerous opportunities to blow the game even farther open but the Lady Techsters stranded 11 base runners on the night, including seven in the first three innings.
Cross worked around a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the second inning as she induced a ground ball out from NSU right fielder Shanequa Abby on a full-count for the final out of the frame.
Tech added its final run of the night in the top of the sixth inning as Erin Kipp was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a single by Goff up the middle. With two outs, Frandrup singled up the middle, driving home Kipp and giving Tech the 5-0 lead.
Jones worked around three walks in the bottom of the sixth inning as Roos lined out to first baseman Meghan Knowles for the final out of the frame.
The game was called after the top of the seventh inning due to lightning in the area.
The Lady Techsters return home to host San Jose State in a three-game series Friday and Saturday. Friday's single game starts at 6 p.m. while Saturday's DH starts at 1 p.m.