Techsters battle through WAC play

April 29, 2010

by Sarah Brown

With the Lady Techsters continuing to fight their way through a rigorous WAC schedule, the team faced another uphill battle over the weekend as they competed in a three-game series in Ruston against conference rival Boise State.
The series got off to rocky start as the potent Techster offense managed to out-hit Boise State, but still fell short of a victory 8-3.

In the first inning of the series opener, Boise State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, which lasted until freshman pitcher Janna Fandrup doubled, scoring Molly Goza from third base to tie the game.

The Techsters continued to have several opportunities to take the lead over the following four innings.
The first chance appeared in the bottom of the third inning after a single by senior shortstop Amberly Waits and a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Jessica Kirby which advanced Waits to second, opening up a scoring opportunity.

Waits eventually advanced to third base during the inning, but would wind up getting stranded on base.
A second opportunity presented itself in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs when senior outfielder Sarah Offutt singled and later reached third base by way of a single by sophomore outfielder Kendra Harmon.

The scoring opportunity during the inning was squandered as the Techsters stranded another potential tie-breaking runner.
With the score still tied at 1-1 and the Techsters displaying an inability to manufacture the timely hits needed to break the tie, Boise State’s Kathy Cox then slapped a three-run home run in the fifth-inning, breaking the game open and making the score to 4-1.

The Techsters attempted a late rally in the seventh when a double by Waits drove in Harmon and cut the Boise State lead from three to two.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Techsters were able to get in the first game and fell, 4-2.

Junior pitcher Meghan Krieg allowed four earned runs on three hits in the loss while also striking out four.
Waits led the offensive attack with three hits while sophomore outfielder Amanda Parsonage, Goza, Harmon and Offutt each recorded one hit.

Saturday featured a doubleheader for the two conference rivals with the Techsters managing to split the games during the afternoon of action.
The Techsters lost the first game 3-2 and won the second 4-3. In the first game of the doubleheader, Fandrup pitched seven innings and allowed three runs, with only one recorded as earned, on six hits. Frandrup did not allow any walks in the matchup.

The Bronco’s picked up where they left off from the first game on offense as Vanessa Alvarez’s solo-homerun gave Boise State a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Techsters would gather their footing in the bottom of the third inning as Waits tied the game with a solo-homerun of her own in the bottom of the third inning.

In the later innings, the Techster pitching began to struggle as Krieg pitched back-to-back walks in the fourth inning and eventually the walks led to two runs off the bat of right-fielder Holly Bourke making the score 3-1.

In the sixth inning, Waits once again revived the Techster offense as she hit another solo-homerun to make the score 3-2.

The Waits solo-homerun was the last spurt of offense for the Techsters as they fell in the second game of the weekend series, 3-2.
Krieg allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out six. She pitched three walks.

The second game of the double-header, much like the pattern of the previous two games in the series, started in the favor of the Broncos due to struggling Techster pitching. In the first inning, Fandrup gave up two runs, making the score 2-0.
Waits kept her offensive momentum of the weekend going as she hit another solo home run with two outs, cutting the score 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning.

After the solo shot, Boise State decided to pitch around the hot hitter as she was intentionally walked twice during the final game of the series. In the top of the sixth, the Broncos scored an unearned run, pushing the score to 3-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Techsters took advantage of their scoring opportunities as a single by Kylie Bassett, an intentional walk to Waits and an errant pitch by the Broncos pushed the Techsters runner into scoring position.

Kirby then slapped an outside pitch to right centerfield for a two-run double, tying the game. Sophomore outfielder Chrissy Short recorded Tech’s last run on after a fielding error by Boise state, making the final score 4-3.

The Techsters will play Nevada in a three-game series beginning at 6 p.m. April 30 in Ruston.