March 25, 2011
RUSTON - Meghan Krieg was impressive in the circle and Louisiana Tech outhit Fresno State but the Lady Techsters left 10 runners on base as they fell 2-0 to the Bulldogs in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams Friday night.
Through the first four innings, Tech (9-22, 0-1 WAC) stranded eight runners in scoring position - nine overall - as the Lady Techsters couldn't come up with the run-producing hit needed against Fresno State starter Mackenzie Oakes.
"This is a tough one to lose," said Tech head coach Sarah Dawson. "I felt like we played just as well if not a little better than them but you have to give Fresno State credit - they got the outs when they needed them and came up with a couple of runs. It seems like these are the types of games we have against them. You have to take advantage when you have opportunities and tonight we didn't.
"I thought we played well and gave ourselves chances. In these types of games you have to come up with timely hits and we failed to do that. I expect to come back tomorrow and play well again."
After leaving runners stranded on second and third in the first two innings, Tech had its best scoring chance of the night in the bottom of the third inning. In a scoreless game, Janna Frandrup drew a leadoff walk and then Fresno State second baseman Brooke Ortiz committed back-to-back errors to load the bases with no outs.
However, Oakes induced a ground ball by Megan Knowles to first baseman Michelle Moses who fired home for the first out as Fresno State turned a double play also retiring Knowles at first base. Molly Goza then grounded out to second base to end the threat.
Krieg was cruising until the fourth when Moses recorded a leadoff double to left centerfield, for the first hit of the game off the Tech ace. Moses advanced to third on a fly ball out by Courtney Moore and then scored on a ground ball to Doiron at second whose throw home was not in time as Moses slid under the tag for a 1-0 Fresno State (17-8, 1-0 WAC) lead.
Tech used a single by Christina Gamboa and another error by Ortiz in the bottom of the fourth to put runners on second and third with two outs, but once again Oakes retired final Techster batter of the innings to keep the shutout in tact.
The Bulldogs added a single run in the fifth inning, using one hit, one error, a walk and a hit batter to plate the insurance run off of Krieg.
Oakes settled down over the final two innings, retiring the final seven batters she faced.
Krieg (5-12) took the loss, allowing two runs on only three hits and four walks while striking out seven. Oakes (11-2) picked up the win, tossing the shutout while allowing five hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Gamboa led Tech with two hits while Goza, Allie Giesler and Wilson each registered one hit.
The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.