Game 1: Louisiana Tech 4, Seattle U 3
An even contest through five innings, the Lady Techsters drove the decisive blow in the top of the seventh as Kristen Miles scored the game-winning run on an RBI single by Melanie Goff. Louisiana Tech left two on base to end the inning, but it proved to be enough as they defeated the Redhawks, 4-3.
In the first and fifth innings, as Louisiana Tech scored, Seattle U answered back, score for score. In the top of the first, Amanda Krueger scored the first run, an unearned run, on an error by the Seattle U outfield. Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.) evened the score, 1-1, driving in Erin Crowley (Kent, Wash.).
Three scoreless innings ensued, despite Seattle U leaving the bases loaded in the third and two runners left on base in the bottom of the fourth.
The Lady Techsters regained the lead in the top of the fifth, 3-1, as Krueger scored her second run of the game and Miles added a run on an RBI single to center field by Goff.
Guerrero led the Redhawks with two RBIs as the two teams tied in hits, each recording six.
Goff earned her third win of the season, improving to 3-5, in relief, walking three and striking out two in two innings pitched. Anna Cross got the start for the Lady Techsters, allowing three runs on six hits while walking seven and striking out three.
In the circle for Seattle U, Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) was handed the loss, allowing all four runs on six hits while walking five and striking out two in the complete game outing.
Game 2: Louisiana Tech 7, Seattle U 3
In game two, a five-run first inning for Louisiana Tech proved to be the fatal blow as the Redhawks fell, 7-3.
Behind four RBI singles by four different Lady Techsters, Louisiana Tech took a 5-0 lead over Seattle U in the first inning. They added two more in the top of the second on a solo home run by Erin Kipp and an RBI single by Janna Frandrup to take the 7-0 lead through two innings.
Each team recorded a walk in the third inning, but three up and three down over the next one and a half innings kept the Redhawk deficit at six.
Seattle U attempted the comeback, adding a run apiece in the fifth and sixth innings on an RBI single by Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.) and a solo home run by Hurst, respectively, but they left a total six runners on base over the final three innings to fall, 7-3.
Michelle Jones earned the win in the circle for the Lady Techsters, allowing three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out six in the complete game start.
Richelle Ashburn (Post Falls, Idaho) pitched just 1/3 inning for Seattle U, giving up the first four runs on three hits, but was soon replaced by Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho) who closed the game, giving up the final three runs on nine hits, walking three and striking out one.
Texas State (16-35, 10-10 WAC) and Louisiana Tech (25-24, 10-10 WAC) have broken up the four way tie for third place, earning their place in next week’s Western Athletic Conference tournament with two wins on the day, each improving to 10-10 in conference play. To qualify for the tournament, the Redhawks (20-32, 8-12 WAC) need to win the final game of the weekend.
The Redhawks and Lady Techsters face for a single game Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. to close out the regular season. Fans are encouraged to stay following the contest as this year’s seniors – Becca Cable (Tacoma, Wash.), Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.), Breonna Chrisman (Snohomish, Wash.), Ulrich, and Hardy – will be honored in their final home game in Seattle U uniform.