Feb. 15, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Although the Bulldog bats eventually came to life in the eighth inning, the deficit was too much to overcome as Louisiana Tech fell to Southeastern Louisiana, 15-6, Saturday in the second game of the weekend series at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Southeastern (2-0) took advantage of six LA Tech (0-2) pitchers and plated multiple runs in six different innings to lead by as much as 15-0 up until the eighth inning. A last ditch late-inning rally by the Bulldogs fell short despite Tech scoring six runs off nine hits in the final two innings of play.
Luke Giddens (0-1) started for LA Tech and was charged with the loss after allowing four runs of four hits, while walking four batters and hitting three Lion players. He pitched 3.2 innings before being relieved with two outs in the fourth inning. Mark Baughman, Ben Carlisle, Paul Harris, Adam Derouen and Joshua Horton all made their first appearances of the season on the mound for the Bulldogs.
Tate Scioneaux threw six full innings and earned the victory for the Lions. He held the Bulldogs to three hits and no runs, while walking just one Tech batter. Gage Pickett came on in relief in the seventh and gave up two runs off three hits, before John Gremillion finished off the day in the ninth inning. Gremillion allowed four runs off six hits in one inning of work.
Southeastern began the scoring early with two runs scored in the second inning off a wild pitch and an RBI single by first baseman Kevin Carr. The Lions continued to click offensively with two runs scored in each the fourth and fifth innings. The visiting Lions combined for nine runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to give themselves a 15-run cushion heading into the last frame.
Tech pitchers continued to struggle throughout the game, hitting a combined seven Lion batters on the afternoon. That gives the Bulldog pitching staff a total of 12 hit batters in two games played this weekend. Seven hit batters in today's game ties a school record for Southeastern Louisiana.
Up until the eighth inning, the Lions' pitching staff held the Diamond 'Dogs to just three hits and allowed just two LA Tech base runners past second base. The Bulldogs ended up with 12 total base hits, while Southeastern had 14 on the day.
Freshman outfielder B.J. Findley came on as a substitute and went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and two runs scored. Thomas Simoneaux also notched his first two hits of the season with a 2-for-3 effort with two RBI and a run scored. Tyler Ervine totaled two hits of his own to go along with two RBI in the loss.
The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday with senior right hander Richie Navari set to take the mound against the Lions and salvage the series for the Bulldogs.
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