LA Tech falls in heartbreaker at Marshall, 7-6
HUNTINGTON, W.V. – Louisiana Tech has made a living off of late game offensive heroics this year, but on Saturday, the Lady Techsters saw the role reversed as Marshall plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 7-6 win.
With the loss, Tech (36-12, 14-4) fell out of first place in the league standings. Tech will host league leader WKU this weekend in Ruston for Senior Weekend.
After rallying from a 4-0 deficit by scoring six runs, Tech was poised for a series win on the road. But Marshall led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run against starter Krystal De La Cruz and then put runners on second and third with one out.
Tech made a pitching change, bringing in Preslee Gallaway who walked the first batter she faced on a full-count pitch. Marshall third baseman Blakely Burch then lined a pitch to deep right centerfield, plating the game winning runs.
Marshall (28-16, 11-7) grabbed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, capitalizing on two walks, a hit batter and a throwing error.
However, as it has done all season, Tech responded in the top of the fifth inning. Morgan Turkoly lined a three-run home run off the top of the fence in right centerfield, plating Mary Terral and AJ Williams who had both singled.
Jazlyn Crowder followed with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a RBI double by Sloane Stewartson, tying the game at 4-4.
Tech took its first lead of the game at 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI ground out by Kimmie Atienza. Crowder added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on her eighth home run of the season.
Junior Jenny Chapman was solid in relief for Tech, tossing 2.0 scoreless frames while allowing two hits and one walk.
De La Cruz (13-3) took the loss, allowing seven runs – six earned – on five hits and three walks.
Tech hosts UL-Lafayette Wednesday at 6 p.m.
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