Big inning costs Techsters in loss at UAB

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Big Inning Costs Techsters In Loss

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A 5-run fifth inning was the difference as Louisiana Tech fell 5-1 to UAB Sunday afternoon at Mary Bowers Field.

Tech (14-22, 4-4 C-USA) led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the frame before things unraveled for the Lady Techsters.

UAB, which had only one hit off Tech starter Bre Hernandez through four innings, recorded an infield single to start the frame. Tech then misplayed a sacrifice bunt into a single as the Blazers had runners on first and second with no outs.

After UAB nine-hole hitter Jolie Readeaux failed on back-to-back sacrifice bunt attempts, Readeaux drilled the next pitch she saw over the left field fence for a three-run home run – her first of the season.

Two walks later, UAB rightfielder Faith Hegg singled through the left side to plate two more and give the Blazers (21-17, 8-4) the four-run lead.

The game was scoreless through three innings before the Lady Techsters finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Caroline Easom singled to start the frame but then a ground ball to second base resulted in a double play erasing the runners.

With two outs, Zoe Hicks followed with a solo home run to left field – her second of the year – to give Tech the 1-0 advantage.

Hernandez (6-8) took the loss in the circle, allowing five runs on four hits and four walks in 4.1 innings of work. Lauren Menzina pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing three hits.

“I am disappointed with the outcome this weekend as we will never be okay with losing a series,” said Tech interim head coach Bianca Duran. “We made some mistakes that ultimately led to big innings for UAB in two of the losses. We have to learn how to not make those mistakes. But just as importantly, we need to learn to overcome them both in the circle and at the plate. I was most disappointed with how we allowed their pitchers to control the series.

“I am proud of how we represented our school. I thought our players competed and showed good sportsmanship throughout the four game series. They competed with class.”

Tech will return to action Tuesday when it travels south to face UL-Lafayette at 4 p.m.

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