May 3, 2013
SEATTLE - Melanie Goff recorded a two-out run-scoring single in the top of the seventh inning to lift Louisiana Tech to a 4-3 win over Seattle U in the first game of a Western Athletic Confernece doubleheader sweep Friday at Logan Field.
Tech (25-24, 10-10) won the second game of the day 7-3 as the Lady Techsters officially qualified for the upcoming WAC Tournament which will be hosted in Ruston May 8-11.
In the first game of the day, Tech and Seattle entered the seventh inning tied at 3-3 when Anna Cross led the frame off with a single. One out later, Kristen Miles reached on a fielder's choice ground ball where Cross was thrown out at second.
Following a walk to Erin Kipp that moved Miles to second base, Goff ripped a single to centerfield scoring Miles with the go-ahead run.
Leading 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Goff - who came on in relief of Cross to start the sixth inning - worked around a two-out walk and struck out Jessica Ulrich to end the game.
The Lady Techsters took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Amanda Krueger walked and then came around to score on an Erin Kipp single to right field. On the play, SU outfielder Lisa Maulden committed a throwing error back into the infield that allowed Krueger to race home from third base for the first run of the game.
SU (20-32, 8-12) tied the game in the bottom of the first on a two-out, RBI single by Rogin Hardy scoring Erin Crowley from second base.
The game remained 1-1 until the top of the fifth inning when the Lady Techsters took a two-run lead. Krueger led off with a double and Miles reached on a fielder's choice to put runners on second and third with only one out. Erin Kipp then delivered the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Krueger from third.
The lead was short-lived as Brianna Guerrero tied the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Cross.
Goff (3-5) picked up the win, working two scoreless innings without allowing a hit.
Offensively, Tech was led by Goff (2-3, 2 RBI), Erin Kipp (2-3, 1 RBI), Krueger (1-2, 2 runs), Miles (2 runs), and Cross (1-3).
In the second game of the day, Tech erupted for five runs in the first inning and never looked back in the doubleheader sweep.
Tech got RBI singles from Goff, Alayna Kipp, Dacia Hale and Anna Cross and a sacrifice fly by Meghan Knowles to take the early 5-0 lead over the Redhawks. SU started Richelle Ashburn who lasted only one-third of an inning before giving way to Jessica Ulrich.
The Lady Techsters added two more runs in the top of the second inning on a solo home run by Erin Kipp over the right field wall and an RBI single by Frandrup which scored Goff.
Seattle U added single runs in the bottom of the second, fifth and sixth innings but stranded 11 runners against Lady Techster starter Michelle Jones. The senior Jones (12-8) allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out six in the complete-game performance.
Offensively, Tech was led by Erin Kipp (3-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Hale (2-4, 1 RBI), Goff (2-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Frandrup (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI), Knowles (1-3, 1 RBI), Cross (1-4, 1 RBI) and Miles (1 run).
The two teams will wrap up the three-game series Saturday with a 3 p.m. single game.