Updated Feb 14, 2007 18:19:14
Northwestern State Downs Techsters
RUSTON ? Northwestern State banged out 14 hits and took advantage of a number of Louisiana Tech miscues to down the Lady Techsters 15-9 at the Lady Techster Softball Complex Wednesday.
The loss was the first of the season for Tech, which fell to 5-1 on the year, while Northwestern State improved to 2-6.
The Demons jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning off of Tech starter Krissi Oliver, as NSU used six hits and one Lady Techster error.
However, Tech answered with seven runs in the bottom half of the frame as the Techsters took advantage of two NSU errors. The big blow was a bases clearing triple by true freshman Amberly Waits that gave Tech a 6-5 lead.
?I thought the first half of the game we played well,? said Tech head coach Sarah Dawson. ?They hit the ball well. We know they are a strong offensive team. We did our part offensively to answer back early in the game. I thought we did a good job of getting back into the game in the bottom of the first inning.
?However, from the fourth inning on, we lost our focus at the plate. We weren?t as disciplined, and we started leaving runners in scoring position. Northwestern State team kept adding to their lead, and we needed to respond in some sort of fashion.?
NSU answered right back in the top of the second inning, scoring three runs on a three-run home run. The Demons added three runs in the third, two in the fourth and two in the sixth as the 15 runs almost doubled the total amount Tech had surrendered in its first five games of the season.
Offensively, Tech was led by Emma Barnes with three hits and four stolen bases, Waits with two hits and three RBI, and Regan Clark with two hits.
Courtney Avery (0-1) picked up the loss in relief, allowing five earned runs on four hits and one walk on one inning of work.
Tech returns to action Friday when they face McNeese State at 1 p.m. at the UL-Monroe Tournament.