LA Tech drops pair on Saturday in Big Easy Classic

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METAIRIE, La. – Louisiana Tech dropped a pair of games at the Big Easy Classic Saturday afternoon at LaSalle Park, falling 9-5 to No. 19 Texas Tech and 6-1 to Houston Baptist.

Tech (1-3) will conclude the tournament Sunday with a 10 a.m. contest against Central Arkansas.

Game 1: Houston Baptist 6, LA Tech 1

Houston Baptist (3-1) scored two runs in the first and one in the second to jump out to an early lead and never looked back as the Huskies defeated the Lady Techsters 6-1.

Zoe Hicks, Brooke Diaz, Lindsay Edwards, Meghan Robicheaux and Kailey Anderson each recorded hits and Hicks added an RBI but it wasn’t enough as Houston Baptist capitalized on four extra base hits in the win.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Tech plated its only run when Hicks drove home Anderson, who had doubled to left field.

Bre Hernandez (1-1) took the loss in the start, allowing six runs – four earned – on nine hits and zero walks with three strikeouts.

Game 2: Texas Tech 9, LA Tech 5

In a rematch of last year’s Baton Rouge Regional, the Red Raiders came back from an early three-run deficit to down Louisiana Tech 9-5.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Tech used a two-out rally to score four runs on four consecutive two-out hits and one Red Raider error.

Meghan Robicheaux singled to right field to start the rally and then tied the game on Marilyn Rizzato’s RBI double down the left field line. Bayli Simon then drove the first pitch she saw up the middle for a single, scoring Rizzato and giving LA Tech a 2-1 lead.

After Zoe Hicks walked, Kailey Anderson singled to left field, plating Simon. A throwing error on the play by the Texas Tech outfielder allowed Hicks to score as Tech took a 4-1 lead.

The Red Raiders answered with two in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-4 lead. After Texas Tech added a single run in the sixth to up the advantage to 8-4, Tech added a run in the bottom of the frame on Rizzato’s RBI single to centerfield, scoring Bailey Wright who led the frame off with a double.

Audrey Pickett (0-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs – six earned – on 10 hits and two walks in 5.0 innings of action. Hannah Koenig worked two innings of relief, allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts.

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