LA Tech Softball Wins Two on Friday

February 10, 2017 - Contributed by: Malcolm Butler, LA Tech Associate Athletics Director of Media Relations
 
RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech showed its ability to win when its offense is clicking and the ability to win when its bats are quiet as the Lady Techsters defeated North Dakota 10-2 in five innings and Incarnate Word 1-0 on the first day of the Louisiana Tech Invitational Friday at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
 
LA Tech 10, North Dakota 2 (5 innings)
 
In its first game of the day, Louisiana Tech recorded crooked numbers in three straight innings to defeat North Dakota 10-2 in a five-inning run-ruled shortened game.
 
Tech plated five runs in the third, three in the fourth and two more in the fifth as the Lady Techsters banged out eight hits including four doubles in the victory.
 
After going scoreless in the first two innings, Tech came to life in the bottom of the third. Berkley Calapp walked and Jaz Crowder reached on a bunt single and both runners were advanced by a sacrifice bunt by Tori Charters. Morgan Turkoly then followed with a two-run double down the left field line, giving Tech a 2-0 lead.
 
Following a ground out, freshman Marilyn Rizzato doubled to left center field, scoring Turkoly with the third run of the frame. Katie Smith followed with a walk and then the final two runs scored on a fielding error by the Fighting Hawks shortstop.
 
Tech upped its advantage to 8-0 in the fourth inning. Calapp doubled and then scored on a double to left center by Crowder. Taria Page walked and with two outs, Smith singled hard through the right side to plate two more runs. 
 
Bailey Allen avoided damage in the first two innings for Tech, pitching around trouble and stranding five North Dakota runners. Allen was then solid in the third and fourth innings before allowing UND to plate two runs in the top of the fifth to cut the Tech lead to 8-2.
 
However, Tech would respond in the bottom half of the inning. Karlee Jensen walked and Calapp singled to put runners on the corners. Crowder hit a deep fly ball to right field to plate Jensen and then with two outs, Page singled up the middle scoring the final run of the game as the game was halted because of the eight-run rule.
 
Allen (1-0) got the win, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three.
 
Offensively, Tech was led by Calapp (2-2, 2 walks, 3 runs), Crowder (2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Turkoly (1-3, 1 run, 2 RBI), Page (1-2, 1 RBI), Rizzato (1-2, 1 run, 1 RBI), Smith (1-2, 1 run, 2 RBI) and Jensen (1 run).
 
LA Tech 1, Incarnate Word 0
 
In the second game of the day, Louisiana Tech's Preslee Gallway and Incarnate Word's Sara Leal battled in the circle for seven innings for their respective teams and it was ultimately an RBI single by Turkoly in the bottom of the sixth that was the difference as Tech won 1-0.
 
Through the first four innings of the game, neither pitched allowed a hit. Tech finally broke up Leah's no-hitter in the fifth inning on a Katie Smith single. Smith was stranded in the frame.
 
Gallaway didn't allow a hit until a bunt single by Danielle Ramirez with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, but the sophomore recorded a strike out of the next batter to end that threat.
 
Tech finally broke through against Leah in the bottom of the sixth. Crowder led the frame off with a double to centerfield and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tori Charters. With one out, Turkoly singled through the right side to plate Crowder.
 
Gallaway pitched around a leadoff single in the top of the seventh inning, striking out the final batter to pick up the win. The Pilot Point, Texas native tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out four.
 
Offensively, Tech was led by Crowder (1-3, 1 run), Turkoly (1-3, 1 RBI), and Smith (1-2).
 
The Lady Techsters return to action Saturday when they host UAPB at 9 a.m. and Missouri State at 5 p.m.

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