April 29, 2009
RUSTON -- Senior outfielder Emma Barnes made her last at bat at the Lady Techster Softball Complex a memorable one as the four-year starter roped a three-run home run over the right field wall in the bottom of the fourth to lead LA Tech to a 9-1 win over Ole Miss in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday.
Ole Miss won the first game of the day 5-4 in come-from-behind fashion.
Barnes shot -- only the fourth home run of her career -- was also the 232nd hit of her career, leaving her only one short of the LA Tech career mark of 233 set by Chris Sherman in the late 1980s.
Barnes wasn't the only senior to make the most of her final appearance at home as pitcher Krissi Oliver (11-13) recorded the victory in the circle, allowing only one run on three hits in the complete-game victory.
Tech (30-20) took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Danielle Sheridan and a two-run single by Amberly Waits. A two-out error by the Ole Miss shortstop also allowed the fourth run of the inning to cross the plate.
Sophomore Heather Doiron upped the advantage to 5-0 in the bottom of the third inning as she belted her first home run of the season to left field off Ole Miss reliever Becky Nye.
Oliver had a no-hitter thru 3 2/3 innings before Lisa Conchos reached on an infield single and eventually came around to score on a two-out single by Aly Presswood.
However, the Lady Techsters put the game away in the bottom of the fourth inning, plating one run on a wild pitch and the final three runs on Barnes shot down the right field line.
Barnes and Doiron each registered two hits while Waits, Sheridan, and Valerie Quiroga each registered one hit.
In the first game of the day, Tech built an 4-1 lead before Ole Miss scored twice in the sixth and twice in the seventh for the 5-4 victory.
Kylie Bassett gave Tech an early 3-0 lead with a three-run home run off Nye in the bottom of the first inning, her 11th home run of the season.
Tech starter Meghan Krieg (17-5) held the Rebels scoreless through three innings until Ashley Doubt plated a run with an RBI single, making the score 3-1.
The Lady Techsters got the run back in the bottom of the fourth and had an opportunity to push the lead out further as Waits lined a ball off the centerfield fence, scoring Barnes from second base.
However, Waits passed Sheridan on the base path between first and second base making the second out of the inning. The Lady Techsters would not score again in the frame and held the 4-1 lead.
Krieg continued to cruise until two outs in the top of the sixth. With two strikes on Amber Tramp, Krieg hit Tramp with a pitch to put her on first base. Cali Overbeck then lifted a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for her first home run of the year, cutting the Techster advantage to 4-3.
Ole Miss then rallied in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Krieg walked Aly Presswood before Corrine Doornberg recorded an infield single to put runners on first and second.
Courtnie Ginaudo then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded cleanly by Krieg, who looked to third before finally throwing to first but not in time as the Rebels had the bases loaded.
Sophomore Wanda Malone then came on in relief and surrendered a two-run single back up the middle by Conchos as Ole Miss to a 5-4 lead.
Krieg took the loss, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings of work. Bassett, Barnes and Waits each recorded one hit in the loss.
Tech closes out its regular season Friday and Saturday in Las Cruces against the Aggies.