April 19, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Louisiana Tech belted three home runs and Anna Cross tossed a complete-game in the Lady Techsters 6-1 win over Utah State in the first game of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at Laree and LaGrand Johnson Field Friday.
Utah State won the second game 8-4. The two teams will play the rubber game of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
LA Tech 6, Utah State 1 (Game 1)
Amanda Krueger's three-run home run off the top of the right centerfield fence capped a four-run fourth inning as Louisiana Tech defeated the Aggies 6-1 in the first game of the day.
Krueger's shot off Utah State reliever Shelbi Tyteca capped a four-run fourth inning as Meghan Knowles plated the first run of the frame with an RBI double to right centerfield. With two outs and two runners on base, Krueger smashed her team-leading sixth home run of the year as Tech built a 6-0 lead.
Dacia Hale gave the Lady Techsters (22-21, 7-7 WAC) a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning as the senior centerfielder connected on her fifth home run of the year, a solo shot over the left centerfield wall off Aggie starter Noelle Johnson.
Cross upped the advantage to 2-0 as she recorded her team-leading sixth home run deep down the left field line for back-to-back home runs by LA Tech.
After Tech's four-run fourth inning, Utah State scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Kass Uchida doubled over the head of the Tech outfield, cutting the advantage to 6-1.
However, that would be all the scoring as Cross shut down the Aggies the rest of the way. Cross (6-5) picked up the win, allowing only one run on six hits and two walks in the complete game performance.
Utah State banged out a season-high 15 hits and Louisiana Tech committed three errors as the Aggies split the doubleheader with an 8-4 victory in game two.
Jolene Koons, Rachael Hunsaker and Christine Thomsen each recorded three hits apiece while Koons drove in three runs as the Aggies jumped out to an early lead and hung on for the win.
After Utah State scored one run in the first and two more in the second to take a 3-0 lead, Louisiana Tech fought back to tie the game. The Lady Techsters scored two runs in the top of the third inning as Anna Cross doubled, Amanda Krueger was hit by a pitch and Kristen Miles singled to load the bases with only one out.
Hailey Winter then hit a ground ball to first base that Thomsen let go through her legs as two runs scored for the Lady Techsters. After Melanie Goff reached on an infield single to load the bases again, Utah State hurler Mandy Harmon got the final two outs to preserve the one-run lead.
Tech tied the game in the top of the fourth inning as Cross walked, stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Krueger to right field.
However, Utah State responded and grabbed the momentum as the Aggies scored four runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-3 advantage. Tech had one last great opportunity to cut into the lead.
After pinch hitter Cassie Krieg walked to open the top of the fifth inning, Winter lined an RBI double to the right centerfield wall, cutting the USU lead to 7-4. Harmon would then walk Frandrup and Knowles to load the bases but Dacia Hale struck out swinging for the final out of the frame.
The Aggies would add a solo run in the sixth inning while Harmon would hold the Lady Techster scoreless the rest of the way as Utah State won for only the ninth time in the history of the 27-game series.
Goff (2-4) took the loss, allowing six runs - four earned - on 10 hits in 3.1 innings of action.
Offensively, Krueger (2-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, 2 SB), Miles (1-3, 1 run), Winter (1-3, 2 RBI), Goff (2-3) and Cross (1-2, 2 runs, 1 SB) led the Lady Techsters.