Late rally gives Techsters memorable win

February 21, 2008

by Tierra Nelson

Lady Techsters slammed the University of Louisiana at Monroe, 8-5, with a six-run rally in the top of the seventh inning Sunday night in the Mardi Gras Classic.
Techster Head Coach Sarah Dawson said the team’s composure was a major factor in pulling out the thrilling victory.

“I was proud of how our girls dealt with adversity in Sunday night’s game. There were a number of things that just didn’t seem to go in our favor,” Dawson said. “But our girls stayed focused on the things they could control, their attitude being number one.”ÿ

The fifth inning was one for the fans to remember as the Techsters found themselves in a tight spot, down 5-2, and needing a great play to change the momentum of the game.

ULM’s Brittany Brassell reached base on an error by Techster second baseman Heather Doiron. Doiron’s error also sent ULM’s Jamie Liles streaking for second base. Liles continued to round second and ULM’s Kandace Causey rounded third. Doiron threw to catcher Regan Clark and Clark to shortstop Amberly Waits, catching ULM’s Liles in a rundown between second and third. Waits tagged Liles out to complete the unconventional play.

Techster freshman Jordan Simmons came in to relieve pitcher Meghan Krieg during the inning with the bases loaded and finished the inning only allowing a base hit and a pop fly, getting the Techsters safely out of the grueling inning.

In the sixth inning, neither team was able to put a run on the scoreboard, leaving the Techsters trailing by three runs, 5-2.
The ULM lead would not last long.

Dawson said the Techsters were mentally ready for a struggle late in the game to get the victory.

“We came into the seventh inning expecting to win the game,” Dawson said. “And the girls did just that.”

In the top of the seventh inning, Techster Kylie Bassett singled up the middle.

Techster Mandi Bertsch came in to pinch-run for Bassett and eventually advanced to second on a ULM wild pitch.

Techster batter Summer Young was hit by a pitch, thus putting runners on first and second.

Doiron stepped up to the plate next and advanced on an error by the ULM third baseman, which loaded the bases with ULM having yet to record an out in the inning.

The Techsters were back to the top of their batting order while still in the seventh with Emma Barnes. When Barnes walked, Bertsch scored, making it 5-3 and still with no outs. Danielle Sheridan then lined a pitch to center field, scoring Doiron and Young for a two RBI single.

With Waits at the plate, Sheridan stole second safely. Waits followed Sheridan’s RBI single with a RBI single of her own cutting further into the ULM lead.

Waits later advanced to second on a throwing error, scoring Barnes and advancing Sheridan to third, finally giving the Techsters a one run lead, 6-5.

With no outs and runners on second and third, Clark came up to bat and singled. Waits and Sheridan scored giving also giving Clark a two RBI single.

The Techster’s hot streak finally came to an end with batters Kristi Oliver, Jessica Kirby and Bassett all struck out, ending the inning and placing the Techsters in the lead 8-5. In the bottom of the seventh, ULM could not find the strength to match the Techsters inspired play.

Dawson said the Techsters will benefit in the long run from close games early in the season.

“We have great depth on our team and our success will depend on every person doing their job to the best of their ability.ÿIt is nice to have a come from behind win like this early in the season,” Dawson said. “It is an experience that the girls can use as a reference and a confidence builder.”