NATCHITOCHES - The Northwestern State softball team made history today as they shutout Louisiana Tech 6-0 and improved to a 17-3 overall record, the best mark after 20 games in program history. The Lady Demons snapped the 21 year record that was set in 1990 when NSU went 16-4 under the direction of head coach Rickey McCallister.
"We came out really strong today, and getting the win was the icing on the cake," said head coach Donald Pickett. "Breaking the record with 17 wins in 20 games is something to be proud of, both from a coaching aspect and for the players.
The Lady Demons notched six RBI for six runs, including a solo homerun by sophomore Brittany Virgoe, her third of the weekend and fourth of the season.
NSU put up four runs in the fourth to put the Lady Techsters at an arm's length as Brianna Rodriguez led off the inning with a double to left field. Freshman Natalie Landry followed suit and switched places with Rodriguez on a double to right center.
Cheyenne DelaGarza kept the RBIs going with a single to center field, sending Landry home.
Jordan Palmer walked and loaded up the bases for Shenequia Abby who reached first on a hard grounder up the third base line, causing third baseman Hailey Winter to commit an error andnallowing two runs to score.
The Lady Demons got on the board in the second as Cassandra Barefield doubled to center field and sent Landry home.
DelaGarza led NSU as she went one-for-two and notched two RBI, followed by Landry going two-for-three with one RBI.
Senior Kylie Roos (5-0) threw a complete game striking out five and allowing just four hits as she faced 25 batters on the day.
The Lady Demons hit the road this week with a single game at Southern Tuesday evening, followed by the opening of Southland Conference play at McNeese State beginning on Saturday at two o'clock.
Northwestern State 6, Louisiana Tech 0
Northwestern State 0 1 1 4 0 X - 6 8 0
Louisiana Tech 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 4 2
Roos and DelaGarza. Goff, Jones (4), Frandrup (4), and Kipp. W - Roos (5-0). Loss - Goff (0-1). Leaders - Northwestern State: DelaGarza (1-2, 2 RBI), Landry (2-3, 1 RBI). Louisiana Tech: Krueger (1-3), Kipp, E. (1-3), Knowles (1-3). T - 2:00. A - 245. Records - Northwestern State (17-3), Louisiana Tech (9-9).