April 27, 2014
RUSTON - For the second straight day, Louisiana Tech junior Bianca Duran held a potent East Carolina offense in check but the Lady Techsters fell 1-0 in a Conference USA pitcher's duel at the Lady Techster Softball Complex on Sunday.
Duran (6-18), who picked up a win in Saturday's 6-2 win, was even more impressive on Sunday, holding the Pirates to only one run on six hits and one walk while striking out two. However, Duran was bested by ECU starter Carolina Umphlett who pitched her second consecutive complete-game shutout against the Lady Techsters.
Umphlett defeated Tech 7-0 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Both Duran and Umphlett provided very few opportunities for their opponents offense to score although the Pirates (25-18, 12-9 C-USA) capitalized late in the game on one of their few chances.
With the two teams tied at 0-0 in the top of the sixth inning, ECU right fielder Shelby Johnson tripled to left field with only one out. Tech outfielder Kristen Miles then prevented Johnson from scoring as she made a diving catch of a blooper off the bat of ECU second baseman Kristi Oshiro in shallow left field for the second out of the inning.
However, Pirates catcher Abby Wynne then lined a sharp single just past the glove of Tech third baseman Hailey Winter, scoring Johnson and giving ECU the 1-0 lead.
Tech had one last opportunity in the bottom of the seventh inning. Lady Techster senior Katelynn Hill, who was honored prior to the start of the game, lined a double to centerfield with one out. It would be the final at bat in Ruston for the lone Tech senior.
Following a strikeout by Umphlett for the second out of the inning, pinch hitter Taylor Penn came close to being the hero and she lined a pitch to deep left field where Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin ran it down for the final out of the game.
Miles, Janine Godwin, Hill and Lowe recorded the only four hits of the game for LA Tech.
The Lady Techsters end their regular season next weekend at Marshall.