Techsters, Lady Demons, GSU notch league series wins

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RUSTON – Louisiana Tech scored four runs in the second inning, added three in the sixth, and held off a seventh-inning rally by UTSA, winning 7-4 Sunday afternoon to claim the Conference USA softball series.

The Techsters (22-15, 7-5 C-USA) started Friday with a 4-3 victory over UTSA (10-20, 4-5 C-USA) but fell to the Roadrunners 6-5 on Saturday.

Sunday, Lindsay Edwards led off the second inning with a home run. The Techsters got RBI from Katelin Cooper and Carline Easom to go up 4-0.

UTSA closed the gap to 4-3 but Tech responded with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Sierra Sacco, Amanda Gonzalez, Brooke Dias and Cooper each recorded two hits.

Edwards’ grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning on Friday was the decisive swing for the Techsters. In Saturday’s loss, Tech scored in the bottom of the seventh to come within one run but the rally abated.

NORTHWESTERN STATE: After taking the first two games of their weekend Southland Conference series against visiting Nicholls on Friday, the Lady Demons dropped the final game 5-4 on Saturday.

Nicholls (10-22, 2-4 SLC) scored one run in the top of the third inning and added four more in the fourth. The Colonels got a little help with an NSU error, hit batter and a bases-loaded walk.

The Lady Demons (23-13, 5-1 SLC) used a dominant pitching performance by Sage Hoover in Friday’s 1-0 victory in the series opener. Airline’s Mackenzie Chaffin had two hits, including a triple, and scored the game’s only run Northwestern took game two of Friday’s twinbill 4-3 on a walk-off, tape-measure homer from Alexis Perry, in her fourth game in a return from knee surgery.

ULM: Five of the Warhawks’ last six games have been decided by one run, including consecutive losses to UT Arlington in their Sun Belt Conference series.

The Warhawks (18-14, 4-8 Sun Belt) took an early 1-0 lead Sunday when Korie Kreps hit her first home run of the season, but UT Arlington (15-14, 6-6) rallied to come away with the 2-1 victory.

The visitors dropped the first game in the series with a 3-2 10th inning loss on Friday, then fell 5-4 Saturday.

LSU: No. 8 Kentucky used a four-run seventh inning rally to claim a 5-3 victory over No. 20 LSU on Sunday afternoon and completed a road sweep of the SEC series.

Freshman Raelin Chaffin (from Airline High School) started Sunday for the Tigers (22-15, 3-6) and struck out two while allowing 11 hits and three runs.

“I made a lot of pitching errors, some crucial 0-2 strikes that should not be hit,” said Chaffin. “It was hard, but I’m hoping to bounce back next week.”

Kentucky (25-8, 6-3 SEC) snagged Friday’s conference opener 5-3. The Lady Tigers took an early lead in Saturday’s game with a four-run first inning but were unable to hold off the Wildcats, who got a three-run homer by Kentucky’s Erin Coffel in the top of the eighth inning to win 8-5.

GRAMBLING: After taking the first two games of the SWAC series in a doubleheader over UAPB on Friday, the Lady Tigers were shut out in Sunday’s finale.

UAPB (4-26, 2-9 SWAC) scored one run in the third inning and added two more in the top of the seventh to take the series finale 3-0 Saturday at the GSU Softball Complex. Sherrell Matthews (4-3) struck out two and took the loss for the Lady Tigers (16-15, 4-8 SWAC).

GSU posted a 9-3 victory in Friday’s opener and followed with a 7-4 win in the nightcap.

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