Techsters turn the tables in Sunday action

RIGHT STUFF: Louisiana Tech’s Emma Hutchinson pitched a five-hit 3-2 win Sunday over Tulsa.

JOURNAL STAFF

RUSTON — Louisiana Tech’s softball team bounced back in style Sunday.

After losing painfully Saturday to Tulsa and Sam Houston, Tech (6-4) turned the tables Sunday with a 3-2 win over Tulsa and a 5-0 shutout of Sam Houston at Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

Tech blew a 7-0 lead Saturday to Tulsa – giving up eight runs in the final inning – and fell 4-2 in extra innings to SHSU.

Tech got stellar pitching performances from Emma Hutchinson and Audrey Pickett on Sunday.

Hutchinson (3-2) got a complete-game win while allowing just two runs – one earned – on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts against Tulsa.

Pickett (3-2) threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just seven hits and one walk while striking out three.

Freshman Aleya Hill delivered the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh against the Golden Hurricane. With one out, Hill pinch hit and drilled a 1-1 pitch high over the right field wall for her first collegiate home run – a walk-off, on her birthday.

NORTHWESTERN STATE: In Chattanooga, the Lady Demons didn’t get the bats moving Sunday and dropped their final game in the three-day Chattanooga Challenge 2-1 to Indiana State. NSU (6-4) got wins over the host team (3-1) and Purdue-Fort Wayne (3-0) and fell to Tennessee Tech (5-0) and SIU-Edwardsville (5-4 in 8 innings) earlier in the tournament. Maggie Darr twirled a two-hit shutout for the Lady Demons.

CENTENARY: The Ladies split two games on Sunday at the Hendrix Spring Fling Tournament in Conway, Ark. Centenary defeated Westminster 13-4 in 5 innings and lost to Hendrix 9-8. No other information was available.

ULM 8, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 3: Gabby Davlla was 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs, Lourdes Bacon 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and Kennedy Johnson 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs in the Warkawks’ win at the Golden Eagle Invitational in Hattiesburg, Miss.

SOUTHERN MISS 8, ULM 1: The Warhawks fell to the hosts although Korie Kreps had two hits and scored the only run. ULM went 3-2 in the three-day tournament.

BASKETBALL

LSU 66, FLORIDA 61: At the Maravich Assembly Center, the fourth-largest crowd in LSU women’s basketball history (13,620) saw the No. 11 Tigers took sole possession of second in the Southeastern Conference, trailing only No. 1 South Carolina, entering the final week of the regular season. The 17th-ranked Gators nearly swept the season series with LSU, but Alexis Morris scored a game-high 20 points and LSU scored 16 points off turnovers while the visitors only scored two.

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