Seniors bid final fairwell in San Jose sweep

April 30, 2009

by Angela Groce

For the four seniors on the Lady Techsters softball team, the sweep over San Jose State could not have been any sweeter in Ruston over the weekend.

The Lady Techsters took both games on Saturday in their final home WAC series at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex from San Jose State in 9-7 and 4-1 wins.

The first game of the doubleheader San Jose State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Tech answered in its own way with a two-run home run by Kylie Bassett over the centerfield wall to tie the game 2-2.

In the bottom of the second inning Tech’s bats continued adding five runs when senior Danielle Sheridan drove in a run on an infield single. Then junior Amberly Waits followed with a three-run home run giving Tech the lead 6-2.

Bassett followed with her second home run of the game putting, Tech up 7-2 over the Spartans in the second inning. The Spartans added a run in the third inning, and Tech gained a run on an error by the Spartans making the score 8-3. The lead went to 9-3 on back to back doubles by Waits and Sheridan in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Senior Krissi Oliver pitched well on the mound until the top of the sixth inning when Julianne Aiello hit a two-run shot to give the Spartans two more runs.

Going into the seventh inning on an error by Tech the Spartans gained two more runs off singles by Natasha Hawkins and Alissa Murphy.

The Spartans almost took the lead in the seventh inning when the bases were loaded and Aiello hit a long ball that went foul by about 10 feet, giving Tech the eventual win after getting the final two outs.

Both Waits and Bassett combined for four hits, including three home runs and drove in seven runs in the victory. The second game Meghan Krieg controlled the Spartans bats, pitching an incredible game for the Lady Techsters.

Krieg allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Sarah Taylor gave the Spartans their first hit on a single, but the Spartans would not get another hit until the seventh inning due in part to the pitching of Krieg.

The score was 1-0 in the bottom of the third when Heather Doiron was hit by a pitch and Emma Barnes reached second on a sacrifice bunt. Sheridan hit a three-run home run on her first pitch, to give Tech the lead 4-0.

Lauren Shanks would score the Spartans only run in the seventh inning giving Tech its 10th win in WAC play and putting the Team at 29-19 on the season.

After the double header seniors Emma Barnes, Lyndsey Mcllwain, Krissi Oliver and Danielle Sheridan were honored.

The Lady Techsters take on New Mexico State in New Mexico in their final WAC series this weekend.