Bulldogs Lose Heartbreaker, 4-2, in Season Opener
Feb. 14, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Late season dramatics made an early appearance at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park as Louisiana Tech rallied to tie Southeastern Louisiana and force extra innings but fell short of a victory in a 4-2, 10-inning loss Friday night.
LA Tech (0-1) held bases loaded in the ninth and then had runners on second and third with two outs in the 10th but the Lions' Brett Hoffman two-run single in the extra frame sealed the game with the Bulldogs unable to score in the last inning.
After trailing the entire game, LA Tech rallied in the bottom of the ninth when Jacob Derouen drew an RBI bases-loaded walk off Southeastern closer Mason Klotz to bring home pinch runner Jordan Taylor and knot the game at 2-2.
"I thought we played a good game," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We had a chance to win right there in the bottom of the ninth against a veteran pitching staff. We faced two really good arms tonight and to load it up in the ninth inning and tie it with one out, it gave us a chance to win. We had our chances, but our guys are going to continue to fight. We put ourselves in a position to win the game and we just could not get it done."
Klotz (1-0) earned the win for the Lions after shutting down Tech with bases loaded and forcing a 1-2-3 10th inning. He finished with two full innings on the mound, giving up one unearned run. Andro Cutura earned a no decision for Southeastern after seven innings on the mound in the start, giving up one run off six hits and striking out eight batters.
The Bulldogs used a total of five pitchers on the night, including three freshmen relievers in Brett Bushnell, Eric Dunbar and Braden Bristo. Jared Keating (0-1) pitched the final 1.1 innings and was charged with the loss after giving up two runs off two hits. Junior right hander Phil Maton started for Tech and received a no decision after giving up two runs - one unearned - off four hits, while striking out three.
The Bulldogs got off to a rough start in the top of the first when a fielding error by Maton and a throwing error by catcher Tyler Qualls set up the first run of the ballgame for the Lions.
Southeastern added a run in the third off an RBI single by Sam Roberson to take a 2-0 lead, but a solo home run down the left field line by Bre'shon Kimbell in the fifth would cut the Lions' lead to one run until the ninth.
Tech hitters struggled at the plate on the night with the top three batters in the order going a combined 0-12 in the loss. The Bulldogs were led by Kimbell, who was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Colby Johnson, Taylor Burch, Qualls and Tyler Ervine combined for the remaining four hits for Tech.
Southeastern was led by third baseman Hoffman, who put together a 2-4 performance at the dish with two RBI and a walk. Both teams had six hits apiece in the season opener.
The series resumes at 3 p.m. Saturday with left hander Luke Giddens scheduled to get the start for LA Tech. Right hander Tate Scioneaux will start for the Lions.
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