May 11, 2012
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Katelynn Hill and Amanda Krueger hit home runs in a three-run sixth inning to lead Louisiana Tech to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over Nevada in an elimination game of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at New Mexico State Softball Complex.
With the victory, Tech (25-32) advances to face Fresno State in another elimination game at 5:30 p.m. CT today with the winner advancing to face the loser of the Hawaii and BYU contest. Tech defeated Fresno State 17-7 in its first game of the tournament. The game can be heard on ESPN 97.7 FM.
Tech trailed 5-3 against the Wolf Pack heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when the Lady Techsters used the long ball to stave off elimination. With one out, Erin Kipp reached on an infield single and then scored on Hill's two-run blast that barely cleared the centerfield fence to tie the game at 5-5.
Krueger, who had robbed the Wolf Pack of two runs in the top of the sixth inning on a diving stop at second base for the final out of the inning, then lined a pitch over the right centerfield fence to give Tech its first lead of the game.
Nevada took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning before the Lady Techsters answered in the bottom of the frame. Hill led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Krueger. With two outs, Melanie Goff singled to centerfield, scoring Hill to cut the deficit to 2-1.
After Nevada took a 3-1 lead in the second, Tech answered in the bottom of the third as Frandrup hit a towering home run to left field - her third of the season - to make the score 3-2.
Nevada pushed another run across in the top of the fourth to lead 4-2. Tech answered again in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Meghan Knowles to centerfield as the deficit was once again cut to a run at 4-3.
The Wolf Pack had an opportunity to blow the game open in the top of the sixth as Nevada loaded the bases with no outs. However, Frandrup recorded three straight outs - including a sacrifice fly by Sara Parsons - to allow only one run, setting up the heroics in the bottom of the sixth.
Tech registered 11 hits in the game, including two each by Erin Kipp and Krueger. Every Tech player who got more than one at bat recorded at least one hit in the game.
Frandrup (3-4) picked up her third win of the year, allowing two runs - one earned - on five hits and one walk in 5.0 innings of action.
Karlyn Jones (9-7) took the loss in relief, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work while Chelsea Barilli led the Wolf Pack with three hits.
Tech is now 11-11 all-time in WAC Tournament games with all 11 wins coming against higher seeds.