Crowder, Edwards lead LA Tech to series sweep of Charlotte

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RUSTON, La. – Lindsay Edwards hit her first career grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs and Jazlyn Crowder recorded her first four-hit performance to lead Louisiana Tech to a 10-5 win over Charlotte Sunday afternoon at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.

With the win, LA Tech (30-9, 10-2) completed its third sweep over a Conference USA series this year and recorded its 30th victory of the season. Charlotte (11-26, 3-12) fell for the seventh straight time against Tech.

“This was another solid weekend for us,” said Tech head coach Mark Montgomery. “We got contributions from our entire roster, whether offensively, defensively or just with their energy. We weren’t perfect and we had some innings – some at bats, some moments in the field, some moments in the circle – where we could have been better.

“We know that for us to get where we want be in May, we have to keep working hard and to keep fine tuning things. I was proud of them. We had to adjust game times because of the weather, but we did a good job of getting off to good starts in all three games.”

Tech, which won its eighth straight game, wasted little time, plating six runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Crowder drove in the first run with an RBI double to right centerfield, scoring Kimmie Atienza.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Sloane Stewartson recorded a swinging bunt and the Charlotte catcher missed the tag on Morgan Turkoly sprinting home and avoiding the out. Tech led 2-0. Edwards got ahead of the count and crushed a pitch deep over the left centerfield wall, clearing the bases and giving Tech the 6-0 lead.

Charlotte answered in the top of the second inning, plating three runs on four hits against Lady Techster starter Preslee Gallaway.

Tech responded with a single run in the bottom of the second inning when Zoe Hicks singled up the middle, scoring Crowder and giving the Lady Techsters a 7-3 advantage.

Charlotte hit a two-out solo home run in the top of the third to cut the deficit back to 7-4.

Krystal De La Cruz came on in relief for Gallaway in the top of the fourth inning and was solid in the circle, limiting the 49ers to one run on six hits with six strikeouts over the final 4.0 innings to pick up her ninth win of the season in the circle.

Tech added three insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a 2-run double off the top of the centerfield fence by Crowder and an RBI single by Edwards.

Charlotte added one run in the fifth before De La Cruz kept the 49ers off the scoreboard over the final two innings.

Crowder was 4-for-4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI while Edwards was 2-for-4 with one run and 5 RBI.

Tech will return to action Tuesday at 6 p.m. when it hosts ULM.

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