April 21, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech used a six-run fifth inning and a couple of stellar defensive plays late to defeat Brigham Young University 6-4 in the first game of a softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
BYU (30-13, 9-4 WAC) won the second game 5-1 as the Cougars took two out of three games in the Western Athletic Conference series.
In the first game of the day, Tech (19-25, 6-8 WAC) trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when Tech capitalized on three walks, three hits, three BYU errors and one hit batters to plate six runs.
Dacia Hale and Kendra Harmon led the frame off with walks and after Erin Kipp sacrificed them to second and third, Amanda Krueger was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Janna Frandrup then recorded an infield single to second base that was thrown away, allowing a second run to score on the play as Tech led 2-1.
Melanie Goff then reached on a fielder's choice where Krueger was thrown out at home but the BYU catcher dropped the ball on the tag as Krueger was safe making the score 3-1. Alayna Kipp then followed with a single to left center, plating pinch runner Charday Wilson who slid under the tag for the fourth run of the frame.
The Cougars had one last opportunity in the top of the seventh against Tech starter Michelle Jones. After retiring the first two hitters, Ashlee Brawley reached on an error by Frandrup, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Megan Arnold. However, Jones struck Arnold out swinging for the final out of the game.
Jones (12-11) picked up the win, allowing four runs - three earned - on eight hits and six walks while striking out a season-high six batters.
Frandrup, Knowles, Alayna Kipp and Goff registered the only four hits of the game while Frandrup, Knowles, Kipp and Hill each had RBI.
Tori Almond (10-3) picked up only her third loss of the season in the circle for BYU, allowing two runs - one earned - on one hit and four walks in 4.0 innings of action.
In the second game of the day, Hannah Howell (15-7) registered her second win in as many days in the circle for BYU, allowing only one run on five hits in the complete-game performance.
BYU scored one in the first, two in the third and two more in the seventh off Tech starter Melanie Goff (0-4), who allowed 12 hits and didn't walk a batter in the complete-game performance.
Tech's best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning, trailing 3-0. Janine Godwin walked and Erin Kipp followed with a single. Krueger drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. However, Howell buckled down and allowed only a sacrifice fly to Goff before getting out of the inning.
Goff added two hits (1 RBI) while Erin Kipp, Krueger and Hill each registered one hit.
Tech returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m.