DECORAH - Kelsey Techlin went 3-for-4 and drove in the winning run in the fourth inning as fifth-seeded Loras beat fourth-seeded Simpson, 4-2 in the first game of the 2011 Iowa Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Tracy Sullivan hit a two-run homer for the Duhawks (17-21), who face top-seeded Luther in Thursday's third game.
The Storm (22-17) face elimination Friday when they play the loser of Thursday's final game between second-seeded Central and third-seeded Coe. First pitch is scheduled for Noon and can be heard here.
After Loras added a fourth run in the top of the seventh, back-to-back singles by Tieryn Potratz (Fort Dodge, Iowa) and Roshek put runners at first and second with one out. But a fly out and a fielder's choice sent Simpson to Friday's elimination game.
Potratz finished 2-for-4 and Roshek went 2-for-3. Kacee Arey (Lucas, Iowa) took the loss, allowing two runs in 2 2/3. The right-hander (11-7) struck out two and walked three. Bryn Johnson (Laurens, Iowa) tossed the final 4 1/3, striking out two.
Kellie Klein (8-7) went five innings, allowing five hits and two runs in the win. Stephanie Popovich struck out two in the final two innings, picking up her first save the season.