Softball drops doubleheader to Louisiana Tech after 21 combined innings
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Kim Crowson tossed 160 pitches in 13 innings of work in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, but Louisiana Tech scored the deciding two runs in the 14th en route to a sweep of Southern Miss (4-0 and 4-2).
The two teams will conclude the series with a 1 p.m. Sunday matchup.
Louisiana Tech 4, Southern Miss 0
The Lady Techsters got out in front early with a two-run homer by Paulin Tufi to left center field after Taria Page singled to lead off the second inning.
Louisiana Tech then added some insurance in the sixth with two RBI singles.
Preslee Gallaway held Southern Miss without a hit until Samantha Papp singled to begin the sixth. The Golden Eagles did later load the bases in that frame and had two more hits in the seventh, but the visitors were able to hold Southern Miss off the board.
Samantha Reynolds joined Tufi as the only ones with multiple hits in the game.
Samantha Robles retired her first six batters in relief, spanning the fourth and fifth innings. Gallaway allowed four hits and two walks to go with seven strikeouts in her complete game.
Louisiana Tech 4, Southern Miss 2 (14 innings)
The longest-inning game in Southern Miss Softball Complex history was unkind to the Golden Eagles in the 14th inning. A leadoff single to center field by Tori Charters preceded a fielding error on the play that put a runner in scoring position immediately. A bunt single advanced runners to the corners, and a groundout and walk loaded the bases with one out.
Ali Galaz then hit a double that short-hopped the left field wall and scored the deciding runs. Those were the first to be safe at home since the bottom of the third, when Southern Miss made it 2-2.
The 13th inning had its fair share of dramatics too, as Ciarra Cherry rifled a one-hop throw to Bailey Stokes at home plate on a would-be, go-ahead RBI single. It served as the third out and sent the Southern Miss dugout into a frenzy onto the field.
Southern Miss manufactured its tying run in the distant third inning. An error by the LA Tech second baseman on a ground ball allowed Jade Lewis to score all the way from second base, after originally reaching on an walk and wild pitch.
LA Tech got its two early runs in the second via a groundout and RBI single.
Jade Lewis doubled down the left field line in the bottom of the first to advance Samantha Reynolds to third, who had originally singled with one out. Tori Dew roped a single to left field that gave Southern Miss the first run of the day.
Robles was charged with the loss in her lone inning of work, while Bailey Allen got the win for her three hitless innings that closed the game. There were only 15 combined hits for the two teams in that marathon, and Reynolds and Tufi were the leaders with four combined on the day (two each per game).