Runs Hard To Come By In Baton Rouge Regional
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Tech’s opener in the Baton Rouge Regional didn’t go according to plan and head coach Mark Montgomery didn’t mince words in the post-game interviews.
“Had we executed the game plan and the game plan didn’t work then I would be fine with the result," he said. "But when you feel like we worked implementing what we wanted to do offensively, and then that’s the reason for the lack of success, that just leads to some frustration.”
The Lady Techster’s offense only was able to get one hit, which was a drag-bunt that Texas Tech overplayed. It was the first game since May 5, 2017, that Louisiana Tech was held to a single hit.
Texas Tech is right where they want to be according to head coach Adrian Gregory, “This win will help us get settled in.”
The Red Raiders found all of the offense they would need thanks to Jessica Hartwell’s two-run triple that put the first runs of the game on the board in the bottom of the fifth.
Hartwell fought through a 12-pitch at-bat before she sent a shot to the gap in right center field that scored two, and with Hartwell on third, the next batter Trenity Edwards was able to get a single to bring in the third and final run.
LSU Holds On For Win Over Monmouth
Entering the Baton Rouge Regional, host LSU was looking to get back on track after losing the last five games of the regular season.
The Tigers, who have been plagued with inconsistency at the plate as of late, had to face off against one of the best pitchers in the country, Monmouth’s Alyssa Irons.
Irons came into the matchup sporting a 1.47 ERA, which is the second-best in the country, She did not disappoint and held LSU to two runs on five hits.
Three of those hits came from the Tigers second baseman Shemiah Sanchez who went 3-for-3 at the plate, while the other two came from Savannah Stewart and a homerun from Amber Serrett.
In the circle for the Tigers, Maribeth Gorsuch went the distance, pitching the complete game shutout while giving up five hits.
Head coach Beth Torina had nothing but good things to say about her pitcher after the game.
“A big reason why I put Maribeth on the mound tonight was because I like the energy that she brings to this team," she said. "She is a high-energy kid and she really gets into it and I believed our team really needed that today.”