April 26, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech received a pair of outstanding pitching performances on Friday night as the Lady Techsters split a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader against UTSA, falling 4-1 in the first game and winning 1-0 in the night cap.
The two teams will conclude the series Saturday although the game time for the third and final contest has been moved up to 12 p.m.
UTSA 4, LA Tech 1 (Game 1)
UTSA capitalized on two critical errors by Louisiana Tech in the top of the seventh inning as the Roadrunners blew open a scoreless game with four unearned runs and held on for the 4-1 win.
Anna Cross (6-7) took a one-hit shutout into the top of the seventh inning before a bloop single, infield single and walk loaded the bases for UTSA with one out. Cross then induced a ground ball to shortstop Michelle Jones whose throw home was wide of catcher Alayna Kipp, allowing two UTSA runs to score on the play.
UTSA cleanup hitter Megan Low then hit a fly ball to centerfield for the second out of the inning, but Dacia Hale's throw home trying to get the UTSA runner scoring from third got away from Kipp as two runs scored on the play.
In the bottom half of the frame, Erin Kipp singled and Mel Goff doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs, but Hayley Staton allowed only a one-hit RBI single up the middle by Janna Frandrup before recording the final two outs and the win.
Staton (13-8) was masterful in the circle for UTSA, allowing only one runs on four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. Prior to the seventh inning, the Lady Techsters only real threat in the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Amanda Krueger walked and Kristen Miles reached on an infield single.
Cross took the loss despite allowing zero earned runs on only three singles while walking seven batters.
Offensively, Frandrup (1-3, 1 RBI), Miles (1-3), Erin Kipp (1-3, 1 run) and Goff (1-3) registered Tech's only four hits of the game.
LA Tech 1, UTSA 0 (Game 2)
After struggling for the last month of the season, senior Michelle Jones tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the Lady Techsters rebounded to win game two of the doubleheader 1-0.
Jones (11-8) picked up the win after allowing only four hits (all singles) and two walks with one strikeout in the 7.0 innings of action. The senior outdueled UTSA senior Alyssa Vordenbaum (9-10), who was the tough-luck loser after allowing only one run on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Tech scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Anna Cross led off with a single and then advanced to second on a ground out by Kristen Miles. With two outs and Cross on second, Erin Kipp lined a pitch through the left side of the infield for a single and Cross scored on a head-first slide just ahead of the tag by UTSA catcher Megan Low.
UTSA stranded runners in five of the seven innings although the Roadrunners only really threatened in two frames. In the top of the third, UTSA recorded a two out single and a walk before Jones struck out Siera Sproul to end the frame.
In the top of the fourth, UTSA put runners on the corners with two outs on a walk and a fielding error but Jones once again came through, inducing a ground ball out by Victoria Birdwell.