Feb. 21, 2012
CONWAY, Arkansas - Janna Frandrup had a two-run double and Erin Kipp pitched stellar in relief but Louisiana Tech couldn't overcome an early four-run deficit as the Lady Techsters fell 4-3 to Central Arkansas at Farris Field Tuesday.
Bears leftfielder Kasey Britt led the game off for the Bears (6-5) with a solo home run off Techster starter Michelle Jones (3-2) as the Bears plated two in the first, one in the third and one in the fourth as they built a 4-0 advantage.
Jones pitched three innings in the circle, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk before being relieved by Kipp to start the bottom of the fourth inning. Kipp was met by a solo home run by UCA third baseman Kelley Martino to make the score 4-0. However, the sophomore hurler settled down and got out of the inning without further damage.
Tech (3-6) managed just one hit off UCA starter Kelsie Armstrong through the first four innings as Dacia Hale's single up the middle in the second was the only blemish until the Lady Techsters erupted for three runs on four hits in the top of the fifth.
Third baseman Tricia Van Winkle started the fifth with an infield single and one out later, Kendra Harmon singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Tech second baseman Amanda Krueger then hit a blooper to shallow left field that turned into an RBI double as the UCA defenders collided as the ball bound away. It was Krueger's team-leading fifth double of the season.
With the score 4-1 and runners on second and third, Frandrup hit a towering fly ball to left field that went off the fence, scoring both Harmon and Krueger to cut the UCA lead to 4-3. It was Frandrup's team-leading ninth and tenth RBIs of the year.
Janine Godwin pinch ran for Frandrup and advanced to third on a ground out by Meghan Knowles. However, Godwin was stranded as Hale flew out to centerfield to end the threat.
Kipp sailed through the next two innings in the circle for LA Tech, retiring six straight batters giving the Lady Techsters one final chance in the top of the seventh.
After Kipp lined out hard to centerfield to start the seventh, Harmon singled to right field to put the tying run on first. Krueger than flew out to deep centerfield for the second out of the frame. UCA then opted to pitch around Frandrup walking her to put runners on first and second with two outs.
Knowles worked a full count against Armstrong before flying out to right field for the final out of the game.
Harmon led Tech with two hits while Krueger, Frandrup, Hale and Van Winkle each registered one hit. Kipp worked the final 3.0 innings in the circle, allowing only two hits and no walks while striking out two.
Tech returns to action Saturday when it travels to Hattiesburg to play in a two-day tournament at Southern Miss. The Lady Techsters face Mississippi Valley State (11:30 a.m.) and Nicholls State (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday and IUPUI (8 a.m.) and Southern Miss (1 p.m.) on Sunday.