RUSTON – Kellye Kincannon hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead Northwestern State to a 5-3 win over Louisiana Tech Wednesday night at the Lady Demons Softball Complex.
Kincannon belted an opposite field two-run shot in the first inning and added a two-run home run off the scoreboard in the third inning providing all the runs Northwestern State would need in the victory.
Tech starter Preslee Gallaway (7-6) didn’t get out of the third inning, surrendering five earned runs on five hits in 2.0 innings of action. Krystal De La Cruz came on in relief, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while allowing only one hit and giving the LA Tech offense a chance to try to rally.
Trailing 3-0 through two innings, Tech got on the board in the top of the third inning. Berkley Calapp walked and Tori Charters singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. Morgan Turkoly then lined a double off the right centerfield wall, scoring two and pulling the Lady Techsters to win 3-2.
However, Kincannon answered immediately for the Demons. With a runner on first and no outs in the bottom of the third, she hit a towering 2-run shot high off the scoreboard to give Northwestern State a 5-2 lead and chasing Gallaway from the game.
With De La Cruz shutting the Demons down, Tech had multiple opportunities to respond. Marilyn Rizzato led the fourth inning off with a double to right centerfield and with runners on 1st and third and one out, scored on a fielding error by the NSU left fielder.
Tech had another great opportunity in the fifth inning. Turkoly and Pauline Tufi led the frame off with back-to-back singles but three straight fly ball outs ended the threat and kept the two-run lead intact.
The Lady Techsters had one final chance in the seventh inning. Tori Charters led off with a hit down the left field line that got past the diving Demons outfielder and rolled all the way to the wall. However, Charters was then caught in a run down around third base on the play and tagged out for the first out. Turkoly and Tufi both flew out to end the game.
Tech returns to action this weekend in a three-game Conference USA series against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg.