April 13, 2013
RUSTON - Erin Kipp hit a three-run home run and Janna Frandrup recorded a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to lead Louisiana Tech to a 6-5 win over San Jose State in the third and final game of the Western Athletic Conference series Saturday.
San Jose State plated two runs in the top of the seventh inning in the first game of the doubleheader to win 4-2 as the Spartans took two out of three in the series.
San Jose State 4, LA Tech 2 (Game 1)
Jessica Garcia hit a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to lift San Jose State to a 4-2 victory in the first game of the day.
After Louisiana Tech tied the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Spartans rallied in the top of the seventh for the eventual game-winning runs.
Devin Caldwell doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a ground out to second base my Michelle Cox. Tech then intentionally walked Markesha Collins and Cheryl Freitas to load the bases and Garcia came through in the clutch as her single up the middle and into centerfield scored the go-ahead runs.
Tech (21-19, 6-6 WAC) had one final opportunity in the bottom of the seventh as Alayna Kipp walked and Dacia Hale singled to put the tying runs on base. However, Anna Cross lined out hard to third base to end the game.
Lady Techster starter Melanie Goff was solid in the circle for Tech, but control issues eventually caught up to her as San Jose State turned seven walks - two intentional - and six hits into the four runs.
Tech tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Meghan Knowles blasted a solo home run over the left field fence off San Jose State starter Amanda Pridmore. It was Knowles fifth home run of the season and the 20th of her career.
The tie game was short lived as Collins led the top of the sixth inning off with a home run to right centerfield, giving the Spartans the 2-1 advantage.
Tech fought back in its half of the sixth inning as Amanda Krueger reached on a bunt single, advanced to second on an Erin Kipp walk and then scored ahead of the throw on an RBI single by Goff. With runners on first and third with two outs in a tie game, Tech tried to execute a double steal to take the lead but the Spartans threw out Kipp at the plate for the final out of the inning.
Offensively, Tech was led by Knowles (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI), Goff (1-3, 1 RBI), Krueger (1-3, 1 run), Kristen Miles (1-3) and Hale (1-3).
Pridmore picked up the win for San Jose State, allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight.
LA Tech 6, San Jose State 5 (Game 2)
Janna Frandrup came through with a clutch two-out, two-run single to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead Louisiana Tech to the 6-5 victory in game No. 2 of the doubleheader.
With Tech trailing 5-4 with two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth, the Spartans inserted ace Amanda Pridmore into the circle to try to close out the three-game sweep. However, after Pridmore hit Alayna Kipp to load the bases, Frandrup lined the first pitch she saw to right field, scoring Amanda Krueger and Kristen Miles for the eventual game-winning runs.
The hit capped a three-run inning that saw Anna Cross and Krueger start the frame with back-to-back doubles, just minutes after SJSU scored five runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead.
Tech's rally came after San Jose State rallied from an early three-run deficit. The Spartans trailed 3-0 after Lady Techster junior Erin Kipp blasted a three-run home run over the left field wall off SJSU starter Madison Fish in the bottom of the third.
However, San Jose State didn't go away quietly. After Tech starter Michelle Jones pitched a scoreless four innings to start the game, she found herself in trouble in the fifth. After a single and a walk to start the inning, Jones appeared to be saved by a diving catch by Melanie Goff on a line drive to right centerfield that Golf turned into a double play.
Jones then walked back-to-back batters to load the bases and then surrendered a two-out single to Michelle Cox as San Joe State cut the lead to 3-2. After hitting Collins with a pitch to once again load the bases, Jones was relieved in the circle by Frandrup.
Annica Wolfe then tied the game on a swinging bunt single down the third base line and Jessica Garcia followed with a bloop single to centerfield as San Jose State took the 5-3 lead.
However, Tech answered in its half of the fifth, scoring three runs on four hits, including Frandrup's game winner.
San Jose State put a runner on base in both the sixth and seventh innings but Frandrup kept the Spartans from scoring as she picked up her first win of the year. Frandrup (2-1) allowed no runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of action in relief of Jones, who surrendered five earned runs on four hits and five walks.
Offensively, Tech was led by Krueger (3-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Erin Kipp (1-3, 1 run, 3 RBI), Kristen Miles (1-3, 1 run), Alayna Kipp (1-1), Frandrup (1-3, 2 RBI), Knowles (1-3) and Anna Cross (1-2, 2 runs).
Tech returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana at 4 p.m.