Seattle University softball (20-33, 8-13 WAC) gained the early advantage, but a four-run sixth inning by Louisiana Tech (26-24, 11-10 WAC) proved fatal as LA Tech completed the series sweep with a 6-5 win.
After two scoreless innings in which the Redhawks left a combined three runners on base, they took the early lead, 2-0, on a two-run homer by Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.), her team-leading eighth of the season.
The Lady Techsters scored a single run in the top of the fifth as Anna Cross hit an RBI double to drive in Dacia Hale, but the Redhawks extended their lead, 4-1, in the bottom of the inning on their second two-run homer of the day, this time by Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.).
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Melanie Goff started the scoring run for LA Tech, driving in K Miles. An error by the Seattle U infield sandwiched by Louisiana Tech singles drove in three more runs as the Lady Techsters took their first lead of the ballgame, 5-4.
The score tied leading into the final inning, Amanda Krueger scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Kristen Miles. Morrow advanced as far as second in the bottom half of the inning but was left in scoring position as a LA Tech double play ended the game.
Goff earned the win, improving to 4-5, allowing just three hits and striking out one batter in the final 1 1/3 inning pitched. Cross got the start, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two, and Michelle Jones allowed three runs on three hits in two relief innings pitched.
In the circle for the Redhawks, Mandie Sugita (Rossmoor, Calif.) allowed all six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two in the complete game outing.
Seattle U also honored five seniors making their final home appearance in Redhawk uniform – Cable, Hardy, Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho), Breonna Chrisman (Snohomish, Wash.), and Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.)
The Redhawks will not qualify for the Western Athletic Conference tournament due to three losses on the weekend, as well as UT Arlington winning the weekend series vs. UTSA, as they take the final two spots. Stay tuned to GoSeattleU.com, @su_athletics on Twitter, and Seattle U Athletics on Facebook for the latest updates throughout the offseason.