Feb. 17, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Sophomore catcher Kyle Arnsberg came off the bench and drove in five runs on two hits including a grand slam in his first at-bat as Louisiana Tech fell in the season opener 17-10 to UT-Arlington Friday night at J.C. Love Field.
The Bulldogs begin the year 0-1 while the Mavericks improve to 1-0.
UTA loaded the bases in the top of the first on a walk and two errors. Jordan Vaughn drove in two runs on a single to right-center field to give UT-Arlington a 2-0 lead.
The Mavericks plated six runs in the third inning as they sent 11 batters to the plate. Ryan Walker, a 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, went 2-for-2 in the inning with two RBI and a scored a run while center fielder Brandon Lawrence hit a double to the right field gap to drive in two.
LA Tech shortstop Ryan Gebhardt singled to left field to load the bases toextend his hitting streak to 18 games and reached base for the 30th consecutive game dating back to last season. Senior first baseman Alex Williams beat out an infield single to drive in the Bulldogs' first run.
The Mavericks continued their hot-hitting as Derek Miller singled in two runs in the fourth to give UTA an 11-1 lead.
The Arlington, Texas native came into the game as a defensive replacement for Qualls in the sixth and hit a 3-1 pitch into the trees in right field to cut Tech's deficit to five. Arnsberg's grand slam was the first for a Bulldog player since Will Alvis' four-run shot against Middle Tennessee on March 4 of last year.
Tech added a late-inning run to fall 17-10.
Head coach Wade Simoneaux isn't fazed by tonight's performance.
"We have a lot of new faces out there," said Simoneaux. "It's going to take 10-15 games to figure out line-ups and understand the tenacity it takes to play well. It's not how you start, it's how you finish."
Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at J.C. Love Field. Junior Jamie Gilley will make his first start as a Bulldog after redshirting last season.