Updated Apr 5, 2003 11:38:55
Softball falls at Centenary
Tech (10-27) fell victim to poor defense and timely hitting in dropping a 6-2 contest to the rival Ladies of Centenary College (18-20) Friday night in Shreveport.
"We hit the ball pretty well, we were able to chase their pitcher in the sixth inning," head coach Sarah Dawson said. "Their infield is slow which slowed down what we did, and we hit a lot of balls right at them."
Tech scored a single run, evening the score, in the top of the second inning, courtesy of sophomore Ashley Aycock's home run to left field.
However, the Ladies would answer with another single run in their half of the second inning to take control again.
Tech managed another tie score when Aycock picked up her second RBI of the game on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning that scored shortstop Casey Reiff.
Centenary again answered the Techster attack with runs of its own, this time a game-clinching three-run fifth inning.
Freshmen Kristin Rupp got the start throwing three inning and allowing two runs (one earned). Senior Marla Pinkston (7-11) picked up the loss allowing three runs over the last three innings.
Pinkston was again victimized by shaky defense as a fifth inning error led to two unearned runs.
Tech returns home to the friendly surroundings of Ruston when it plays host to the Western Athletic Conference opener Saturday at 3 p.m. against Tulsa.
"I'm looking forward to conference play because itís a clean slate for everybody," Dawson said. "Our effort is there, we just need to execute better."