SAN ANTONIO – Louisiana Tech tied the program record with its seventh consecutive regular season conference win with an 8-5 victory over UTSA in the first game of a C-USA doubleheader at Roadrunner Field Saturday.
UTSA (18-28, 8-12) snapped the Tech (30-17, 13-4 C-USA) streak in game two, shutting out the Lady Techsters 3-0. The two teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Game 1: LA Tech 8, UTSA 5
Jazlyn Crowder registered three hits and drove in three runs and Louisiana Tech used a six-run sixth inning to record the come-from-behind 8-5 win in game one of the day. The win marked the seventh straight regular season conference win, tying the program record set by the 2005 team. It was also the seventh straight C-USA road win for Tech.
Tech entered the top of the sixth trailing 5-2 after the Roadrunners plated three runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, the Lady Techsters got some big-time hits from the bottom half of the order and used utilized some small ball to plate six runs on five hits in the top half of the sixth.
Natalie Moran and Kassie Harris led the inning of with back-to-back singles and then after a double steal by pinch runner Kimmie Atienza and shortstop Katie Smith, Berkley Calapp singled through the right side to score a run, cutting the deficit to 5-3. It was one of two hits in the game for Calapp, who reached base all four times.
Following a pinch change by the Roadrunners, Tech used small ball as Karlee Jensen laid down a suicide squeeze bunt single, scoring Smith from third to make the score 5-4. Crowder then doubled to left centerfield, scoring Calapp with the tying run and putting runners on second and third with no outs.
With runners on second and third, Ali Galaz then laid down a squeeze bunt single on a full count, plating Jensen from third with the go-ahead run. Tech led 6-5. Morgan Turkoly followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Crowder with the fifth run of the frame.
With Galaz on third, Pauline Tufi walked with two outs. Tech then successfully ran a double steal as Galaz scored from third, giving Tech an 8-5 lead.
Tech starter Preslee Gallaway allowed a pair of hits in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and runners on second and third, freshman Jenny Chapman came on in relief and induced a fly ball out by UTSA leadoff batter Lindsey Stewart, ending the threat. Chapman pitched a perfect seventh inning to pick up her third save of the season.
Gallaway (13-11) earned the win, allowing five runs – four earned – on nine hits and one walk while striking out six in 5.2 innings of action.
Tech trailed 1-0 early before Crowder laced a two-out, two-run double to deep left field in the top of the second inning, plating Calapp and Pauline Tufi and giving the Lady Techsters a 2-1 lead. UTSA tied the game with a single run in the bottom of the second and then scored three in the fifth.
Offensively, Tech was led by Crowder (3-4, run, 3 RBI), Calapp (2-2, 2 walks, 2 runs, RBI), Galaz (1-1, run, RBI, 2 SB), Turkoly (1-3, RBI), Tufi (run, 3 walks, SB), Moran (1-1), Atienza (run, SB), Smith (run, SB), Harris (1-1) and Jensen (run, RBI).
Game 2: UTSA 3, LA Tech 0
UTSA pitcher Lizzy Fox pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout sending the Roadrunners to a 3-0 win over the Lady Techsters in the second game of the day.
Tech managed just four hits – all singles – off of Fox, who picked up her 12th win of the year.
UTSA took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, taking advantage of some well-placed hits off of Tech starter Krystal De La Cruz.
Stewart started the frame with a wind-aided double and then Angelica Nino reached on a sacrifice bunt that stopped rolling just on the third base line for an infield single. Bailee Baldwin then hit a slow roller into the hole at shortstop for an infield single that loaded the bases with no out.
One out later, Kaley Pyles singled down the left field line scoring the first run and Hailey Garza followed with a sacrifice fly to plate the second run.
Fox kept Tech off balance all game. The Lady Techsters had two real chances to score, leaving two runners in scoring position in the second and the bases loaded in the sixth.
De La Cruz (9-1) picked up her first loss of the year, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two.
Offensively, Tech was led by Crowder (1-4), Galaz (1-2), Turkoly (1-2), and Jensen (1-3).