March 29, 2013
RUSTON, La. – The Western Athletic Conference’s top offense overcame the conference’s top pitching staff as Louisiana Tech swept a doubleheader against UT Arlington on Friday.
The Mavericks (17-15, 2-3) were able to notch just a run in each of the games to begin the three-game series at Lady Techster Softball Complex. Louisiana Tech (16-15, 3-2) opened up a 4-0 lead in the opening game before winning 4-1 and then completed the sweep with a 4-1 win in game 2.
Game 1: Louisiana Tech 4, UT Arlington 1
The Lady Techsters scored in each of the first three innings for a 4-0 lead before UTA could respond.
Louisiana Tech pushed a two-out run across the plate in the first inning on a Melanie Goff double off of the left field wall. Two more runs would come in to score on two outs again in the second. Dacia Hale took advantage of an error by the UTA catcher to score a run and then Amanda Krueger sent a double to left.
Another double in the fourth inning pushed another run in and UTA’s Taylor Zink threw out a runner at home to end the threat.
UTA had another opportunity to send Mavericks across the plate later in the inning with Teri Lyles at the plate and runners on first and second. Lyles sent a hard hit line drive that was destined for the left field wall, but it went directly into the shortstops glove on a leaping catch.
The Mavs stranded a runner on bases in the seventh, falling 4-1.
Game 2: Louisiana Tech 4, UT Arlington 1
Rachel Forshaw helped respond to an illegal pitch called in the bottom of the first that brought home a LA Tech run. Forshaw sent a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall for a lead-off home run to tie the game at one through two innings.
Louisiana Tech went back into the lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles. Melanie Goff followed up Erin Kipp double to right with one of her own to left field that went just over the shortstops glove to score Kipp.
Another run would cross the plate for the Lady Techsters in the bottom of the fifth. A Kristen Miles bunt proved to be a problem as two throwing errors brought Miles around the bases to score LA Tech’s third run.
The lead moved to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-out home run over the right field wall by Dacia Hale.
Lyles had an opportunity to tie up the game in the top of the seventh. She sent a two-out pitch with two runners on to deep left field, missing a home run by inches to end the game.
The Mavericks and Lady Techsters complete their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.