Tufi knocks in 5 runs as LaTech wins C-USA tourney opener

May 10, 2017

Pauline Tufi softball

Pauline Tufi

Not even a 4-hour delay could slow down Pauline Tufi of Anchorage in the Conference USA tournament opener in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The Louisiana Tech senior slugger doubled twice and finished with a career-high five RBIs in an 11-1 victory over Charlotte in the first round.

Tufi, of West High fame, laced a two-run two-bagger in the first inning to highlight a four-run frame.

In the bottom of the fourth, she cleared the bases with another double.

The game started nearly four hours late due to back-to-back extra inning games in earlier tournament games.

Anchorage’s Taria Page finished 1-for-2 with an RBI in that big first inning.

Together, the Alaskans helped LaTech put this one away early.

The Lady Techsters [34-21] advanced to the double elimination portion of the tournament. They will face No. 2 seed Florida International on Thursday.