May 13, 2011
FRESNO - Michelle Moses' run-scoring single in the top of the first inning proved to be the difference as Fresno State defeated Louisiana Tech 1-0 in the third day of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at Bulldog Diamond.
With the loss, Louisiana Tech's season comes to an end as the Lady Techsters finished 17-39 but battled toe-to-toe with the top teams in the WAC during the postseason tournament which started Wednesday.
After not qualifying for the tournament until the final day of the regular season, Tech - the sixth seed - defeated Fresno State 2-0 in the first game before falling 3-2 in 13 innings to the second seed Boise State Thursday. Less than three hours after the emotional defeat, Tech rebounded to down Utah State 4-1.
The win set up a rematch with Fresno State - the host team - and the Lady Techsters battled down to the final out before falling in the one-run loss.
Despite the loss, Tech senior pitcher Meghan Krieg capped off her amazing career with another rock solid performance in the circle Friday. After working 26.2 innings and tossing more than 425 pitches over the previous three games of the tournament, Krieg took the circle again and threw a complete-game, allowing only six hits and one walk while striking out six.
Krieg also got a stellar showing from her defense all week, including a run-saving catch by freshman Katelynn Hill at the left field wall with two outs in the top of the first inning as Fresno State catcher Caitlin Stiglich flirted with a two-run home run.
Offensively, Tech was within two feet of tying the game in the bottom of the third inning when Allie Geisler - who led Tech with eight hits in the WAC Tournament - drove a double to deep left centerfield. Janna Frandrup, who singled with two outs, was waved around third but a perfect relay from centerfielder Demi Walker to shortstop Haley Gilleland to Stiglich got Frandrup at home for the final out of the inning.
Fresno State appeared to have added an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Andrea Ortega. However, Tech appealed at third base and the umpire ruled the Fresno State runner had left early as she was called out and the score remained 1-0.
Tech had one final chance to tie or win the game as senior Molly Goza singled and freshman Tricia Van Winkle drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Erin Kipp, who was Wednesday night's hero with a two-run home run, grounded out to second on the first pitch she saw from Mackenzie Oakes to end the game.
Frandrup and Geisler each recorded two hits while Goza and Hill added one each.
WAC Tournament Notes: Tech's three seniors saw their final action as Meghan Krieg, Heather Doiron and Molly Goza all ended their Lady Techster careers ... Krieg threw every pitch (523) of every inning in the WAC Tournament, tossing 33.2 innings while recording a 0.83 earned run average ... Krieg allowed only 24 hits and 13 walks while striking out 32 ... Krieg ends her Tech career ranked second in Tech history and third in WAC history with 859 strikeouts ... Allie Geisler led Tech with eight hits in 16 at bats ... Geisler's five hits against Boise State were the most by a LA Tech player in the last decade ... Geisler also caught every pitch of every game behind the plate for Lady Techsters ... The 13 inning game against Boise State was the longest since an 18-inning game in a 3-0 loss to Fresno State in 2002 ... Tech is 9-10 all-time in WAC Tournament games with eight of the nine wins coming against higher seeds and seven of them against Top 3 seeds ... Tech committed only 1 error in 123 chances during its four games for a fielding percentage of .992 ... 5 of LA Tech's 7 RBI on the week came from true freshmen in Erin Kipp (3), Cassie Krieg (1) and Katelynn Hill (1) ...