Clutch Hits Lift Techsters to Win
May 2, 2012
RUSTON - Erin Kipp and Amanda Krueger recorded back-to-back two out, run-scoring hits in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Louisiana Tech to a 4-3 extra inning win over Northwestern State Wednesday night in the home finale for the Lady Techster softball team.
Trailing 3-2 with a runner on third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Kipp registered an infield hit to the hole at shortstop, scoring Kendra Harmon with the tying run. After a wild pitch by Kylie Roos allowed Kipp to advance to second, Krueger followed with a single to right centerfield, scoring the game-winning run.
Tech (22-29) won the season series from the Demons (19-29), taking two out of three contests. The Lady Techsters will travel to Fresno this weekend for a three-game series with the Bulldogs starting Friday night at 8 p.m. CT.
Michelle Jones (14-13) was solid in the circle for the Lady Techsters. After surrendering a run in the first inning on three hits, Jones settled down and held Northwestern State scoreless through regulation while scattering two hits.
The junior from Scurry, Texas also had plenty of help from her defense as the Lady Techsters turned four double plays in the game - the most in more than a decade - while not committing a single error.
Offensively, Tech had numerous opportunities to score, leaving nine runners on base during the game. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Melanie Goff singled to center and advanced to second on a fielding error by the Demons centerfielder. Dacia Hale then followed with an RBI triple to right centerfield, tying the game at 1-1.
Tech left runners on base in four of the last five innings of regulation.
In the top of the eighth, using the international tiebreaker rule, NSU took a 2-1 lead on a run-scoring single by Tara McKenney to shortstop, her third hit of the game. However, a double play by the Lady Techsters prevented any more damage.
In the bottom of the eighth, Goff doubled to left centerfield, scoring Krueger from third and tying the game at 2-2.
NSU took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth thanks to an RBI single by Samantha Roberts. However, Tech answered in the bottom of the frame with the clutch two-out hits by Kipp and Krueger.
Kipp, Goff and Harmon each registered two hits in the game while Krueger and Hale each added one hit.