April 18, 2010
HONOLULU - Louisiana Tech recorded four home runs but it wasn't enough as 25th ranked Hawaii swept the Lady Techsters 8-5 and 9-0 Saturday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in Western Athletic Conference action.
Tech (21-15, 6-6 WAC) fell behind early in game one as Hawaii (36-11, 14-0) scored four runs off of Lady Techster ace Meghan Krieg in the bottom of the first inning. Although all four runs were officially earned, three of them came after Tech should have been out of the frame.
Trailing 1-0 with two outs and runners on first and second, Alex Aguirre hit a routine grounder to third baseman Molly Goza who thought about trying to get the out at third base and by the time she turned and fired the ball to first base it was too late as the bases were loaded.
Kanani Pu'u-Warren then singled to centerfield, plating two more runs and making the score 3-0. Hawaii then executed a double steal as Aguirre stole home for the fourth run of the frame. UH scored four runs on only two hits in the frame as a pair of walks and the fielders choice aided in the big inning.
The score remained 4-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning. With a runner on first and no outs, Jessica Iwata popped ball foul towards the Tech dugout and catcher Jessica Kirby made a valiant effort to record the out but the ball popped out of her glove, giving Iwata new life.
On the next pitch, Iwata hit a two-run home run to up the lead to 6-0. Hawaii added another run in the frame as the lead increased to 7-0.
Tech finally plated a run off Hawaii starter Kaia Parnaby as Kylie Bassett blasted a solo home run over the right centerfield fence, cutting the Hawaii lead to 7-1.
After Majam homered in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the score 8-1, Tech finally found their offensive groove in the top of the seventh. Janna Frandrup led the frame off with a solo home run to centerfield, the second of her young career.
Ricketts retired Kendra Harmon for the second out of the frame before Bassett hit her second home run of the game - a two-run shot - over the leftfield fence, cutting the Hawaii lead to 8-5. Ricketts then struck out Amberly Waits looking to end the game.
Krieg (16-11) was tagged with the loss, allowing eight earned runs on six hits and five walks while striking out four.
In the second game of the day, Frandrup made her first career start in the circle for the Lady Techsters and pitched admirably.
Frandrup allowed one base runner in each of the first two innings but held Hawaii without a run while Ricketts kept the Techsters offense in check as well.
In the bottom of the third, Frandrup retired the first two batters before Iwata singled and then Melissa Gonzalez launched a two-run home run as UH took 2-0 lead.
The lead remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Hawaii hit three home runs - including one off of Frandrup and two off of reliever Michelle Jones - and scored seven runs to win the game 9-0.
Hawaii, which entered the weekend as the nation's top home run hitting team, has now won 14 straight games and has 113 home runs on the year.
Tech returns to action this weekend when it hosts Boise State Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.