Lady Techsters split Saturday DH at UAB

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman Lauren Menzina pitched a complete game and Brooke Diaz and Tanjala Smith each recorded timely run-producing hits as Louisiana Tech defeated UAB 6-2 Saturday afternoon in the second game of the Conference USA doubleheader.

UAB won the first game of the day 3-1.

The two teams will play the series finale Sunday at noon.

Game 1: UAB 3, LA Tech 1

UAB pitcher Amy Woodham struck out 10 batters to lead the Blazers (20-17, 7-4 C-USA) to a 3-1 victory in the first game of the doubleheader at Mary Bowers Field.

Woodham (3-8) combined with Olivia Valbak (S3) to record a total of 13 strikeouts in the game as the Lady Techsters managed only four hits in the contest.

Tech pitcher Bre Hernandez (6-7) took the loss despite allowing just two runs – one earned – on only two hits and two walks in 4.0 innings of action.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when UAB centerfielder Jenna Olszewski homered over the left field wall for the first run of the game. After back-to-back walks, a fielding error on a ground ball to shortstop plated a second run for UAB.

After UAB added a third run in the bottom of the fifth inning against Tech reliever Kara Goff, the Lady Techsters finally got into the scoring column. Zoe Hicks reached on an error with two outs and then scored on Tristin Court’s triple down the right field line.

However, that would be as close as Tech would get as Valbak struck out the side in the top of the seventh to seal the win for the Blazers.

Kylie Neel, Tanjala Smith, Hicks and Court recorded the only four hits of the game for Tech.

Game 2: LA Tech 6, UAB 2

Lauren Menzina got the start in the circle for Tech and pitched the first complete game of her collegiate career.

Despite not recording a strikeout in the game, Menzina (2-0) allowed just two runs on six hits while inducing 11 fly ball outs and eight ground ball outs.

Tech gave Menzina an early lead in the top of the first inning on a two-out, two-run single by Brooke Diaz to centerfield that scored Bailey Wright and Kara Goff.

The Lady Techsters added an insurance run in the top of the fourth inning. Tanjala Smith single and advance to second and then scored on Kylie Neel’s single to centerfield.

UAB used four pitchers in the game. Tech doubled its lead in the top of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Smith drilled a full-count pitch to the wall in right centerfield, clearing the bases and upping the advantage to 6-0.

The Blazers plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a pair of hits, but Menzina retired three of the four batters she faced in the seventh to pick up the victory.

Neel (2-3), Diaz (2-3, 2 RBI) and Smith (2-3, 3 RBI)

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