Oct. 22, 2012
RUSTON - Melanie Goff hit a pair of home runs and Louisiana Tech came back from a five-run deficit to defeat Bossier Parish Community College 13-6 and complete the doubleheader sweep Saturday at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Tech won the first game of the day 7-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Michelle Jones as the Lady Techsters finished their fall season 4-0.
In the second game of the day, Bossier Parish CC scored six runs in the top of the third inning off of Tech starter Janna Frandrup, including a grand slam home run with two outs in the frame as the Techsters trailed 6-1.
"They scored most of those runs off the grand slam," said Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. "That was really the only bad pitch of the inning by Janna. They had a lot of seeing-eye singles, but she left that one out over the plate.
"I was glad to see that we held our composure despite getting down. Our girls knew they could hit the pitching of BPCC. They stayed relaxed, and we just stayed focused."
Goff started the comeback in the bottom of the third inning with a two-out, solo home run deep over the right field wall to close the gap to 6-2. The Techsters then erupted for five runs in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings and added a single run in the sixth.
In the bottom of the fourth, Tech plated five runs on four hits and one error with the big blow being a three-run blast by Goff with two outs. Janna Frandrup, who had three hits and three RBI in the game, also added a run-scoring single as Tech took the 7-6 lead.
The Lady Techsters responded again in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring five more runs on three hits and an error. Frandrup recorded an RBI single while Erin Kipp drove two more home with a triple. Goff finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly as Tech led 12-6.
Frandrup picked up the win in the circle, allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out three in 5.0 innings of work. Erin Kipp scattered three hits over the final 2.0 innings in the circle.
Goff was 3-of-3 at the plate with two runs and five RBI while Frandrup was 3-of-4 with two runs and three RBI. Kipp was 2-of-4 with two runs and three RBI.
In the first game of the day, Tech scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to blow open a close game. BPCC took an early 1-0 lead as Jones allowed the first two batters to single before loading the bases with nobody out.
However, Jones settled down and allowed only a sacrifice fly as Tech trailed 1-0. Jones wouldn't allow a hit the rest of the game as she worked 6.0 innings allowing one run on two hits and one walk while registering four strikeouts.
"Michelle had another outstanding pitching performance," Montgomery said. "She made adjustments early when BPCC was crowding the plate. It was just a matter of having better communication between the coaching staff and the battery."
The Lady Techsters then took a 2-1 lead in the third inning as Kristen Miles laid down a bunt single and eventually moved to third when Goff was hit by a pitch and Alayna Kipp singled. Meghan Knowles registered an RBI groundout giving Tech the lead.
Jones led the fourth inning off with a double down the right field line. Pinch runner Janine Godwin moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a throwing error when the BPCC catcher attempted to throw out Anna Cross stealing second base.
Tech added four runs in the fifth on only two hits. Miles singled, Goff was hit by a pitch and Alayna Kipp singled to load the bases with no outs. After a fly out by Knowles, Hale drew a run-scoring walk and then Jones drove home the second run with a ground out. Hale and Kipp both scored with two outs on a fielding error by the BPCC shortstop on a routine grounder by Katelynn Hill.
"I thought our hitting was solid all day," Montgomery said. "We stayed calm and composed. We made adjustments quicker. We have to learn how to make adjustments from pitch to pitch instead of from at bat to at bat. We are starting to do that."
Miles and Alayna Kipp led Tech with two hits each while Jones added one.