May 10, 2012
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Louisiana Tech junior Dacia Hale shattered numerous NCAA, school and conference records to lead the Lady Techsters to a 17-7 run-rule win over perennial NCAA power Fresno State in their first game of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
Hale, a junior from Hillsboro, Oregon, hit three home runs and registered 11 RBI in the win in a game that started Wednesday night and ended Thursday afternoon due to storms in the Las Cruces area.
The 11 RBI tied the NCAA single game record while her three home runs were the most ever by a Techster and the most ever by a player in the WAC Tournament. Hale also set Tech and WAC Tournament single game records for total bases (12).
Hale accomplished the performance despite battling a stomach virus that kept her nauseous throughout both days.
"I'm really happy for her," said Tech head coach Sarah Dawson. "There was a point in the season where she was really struggling at the plate and came out of the lineup. She continued to work on adjustments. It's great that she has this kind of reward for the work she put in. I don't think I've ever seen a performance like this. If you do this long enough, you will see everything - the good and the bad."
The victory over the No. 3 seeded Bulldogs was the second straight for LA Tech, which defeated FSU 6-4 Saturday in the final game of a three-game series at Fresno. It marks the first time that LA Tech has defeated Fresno State twice in the same season.
The 17 runs by LA Tech broke the WAC Tournament single game record of 16 runs set by Hawaii twice in 2010. The five home runs also tied the single game record for the program and the WAC Tournament.
Tech scored in every inning of the game, including four spots in the first, second and sixth innings, a three-spot in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth.
Michelle Jones (15-15) picked up the win in the circle, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and eight walks while striking out four in the complete-game performance. Jones kept Fresno State scoreless over the final three at bats by the Bulldogs after surrendering seven runs in the first three innings.
With the victory, Tech moves on to play No. 2 seed Brigham Young at approximately 7 p.m. CT tonight in a game that can be heard live on ESPN 97.7 FM in Ruston. The contest can also be heard online through www.latechsports.com and www.wacsports.com.
Game Notes versus Fresno State
Dacia Hale's three home runs broke the LA Tech and WAC Tournament single game records. Dacia Hale's 11 RBI broke the LA Tech and WAC Tournament single game record. It also tied the NCAA single game record. o Tech record was 6 by Kylie Bassett, Erin Kipp and Meghan Knowles. o WAC Tournament record was 6 by Hawaii's Melissa Gonzalez (2010). Dacia Hale's 12 total bases broke the LA Tech single game record (previous record was 10 by Ashley Cameron in 2005). Melanie Goff's five runs scored broke the Louisiana Tech and WAC Tournament single game record. The 17 runs scored by Tech were its most ever in WAC Tournament play (previous high was 8 vs. Utah State in 2007) The 17 runs scored were the most ever in 41 games against Fresno State (previous high was 6 in Tech's 6-4 win at Fresno State Saturday). The 17 runs scored were the most ever against a WAC opponents (regular season or tournament). Tech scored 13 in a 13-6 win at Utah State in 2012. Tech is now 10-10 all-time in WAC Tournament games with all 10 wins coming against higher seeds (8 of the wins came against the Top 3 seeds). Tech's five home runs tied the program single game record and the WAC Tournament single game record (San Jose State hit five in its 9-6 win over Nevada Wednesday).