LA Tech falls to Texas Tech at Baton Rouge Regional on Friday
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Tech has swung the bats at a record-setting pace this season on its way to a Conference USA regular season and tournament title.
Those same bats went silent in Friday’s NCAA Regional opener as the Lady Techsters fell 3-0 to No. 15 ranked Texas Tech at Tiger Park.
Tech (44-15) managed just one base hit – a bunt single by Morgan Turkoly in the third inning – against Red Raiders sophomore Erin Edmoundson in the loss. The Lady Techsters did have multiple opportunities to score thanks to five free passes – four walks and one hit batter – by Edmoundson, who improved to 20-3 on the season.
Senior Preslee Gallaway matched her counterpart in the circle through the first four innings of play, shutting down the high-powered Red Raiders offense as the two teams sat in a 0-0 tie in the fourth.
Tech came within a foot of taking an early lead when Bayli Simon’s line drive down the left field line landed just foul with two outs and runners on first and second in the top of the first inning. Simon would foul out to first base just a few pitches later ending the threat.
Conference USA Player of the Year Jazlyn Crowder came within a few feet of giving Tech a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning. After back-to-back two-out walks to Kimmie Atienza and Turkoly, Crowder drilled a 1-1 offering from Edmoundson deep over the left field fence, but just feet to the left of the foul pole. Crowder would ground out to shortstop a few pitches later, keeping the scoreless game intact.
Texas Tech (40-14) responded in the bottom of the fifth inning. With a runner on second and two outs, Gallaway issued her only walk of the game to pinch hitter Shelby Henderson. All-American Jessica Hartwell then worked the count full against Gallaway before fouling off five straight pitches. On the 12th pitch of the at bat, Hartwell lined a triple to right centerfield, plating two runs and giving TT a lead.
Trenity Edwards then blooped a single to left field against Tech reliever Jenny Chapman plating Hartwell for the final run of the frame.
Edmoundson retired the final six batters over the final two innings in order to seal the win.
Tech will face Monmouth – a 2-0 loser to LSU – Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in an elimination game.
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