Bulldogs Outlast Trojans
Feb. 22, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Kyle Roliard and Will Alvis combined to allow just three hits over the final four innings and Justin Gordey drew a based loaded walk-off walk as Louisiana Tech knocked off UALR, 10-9, in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
With the game tied at nine apiece entering the eighth inning, Roliard made his first relief appearance of the season and cruised through his first three innings of work. Facing the UALR batting order for the second time on the evening, Roliard allowed a leadoff single through the right side to start the 11th. After a failed sacrifice bunt attempt that resulted in a lineout to third, Roliard allowed another base knock that but the potential go-ahead run on in scoring position with one out.
Looking to close out the inning, Tech called upon closer Will Alvis from right field to get the final two outs of the frame. With a 1-0 count, Alvis induced a groundball to short that was backhanded by Ashton Hughes and flipped to third for the force to retire the first batter. Alvis got out of the inning as his fourth pitch of the frame resulted in a foul out to third.
Roliard finished the night throwing 47 pitches in 3.1 innings of work allowing just three hits and no walks while tying his career-high with four strikeouts. The 3.1 innings pitched in relief marked a career-high for the junior from Spring, Texas.
In the bottom of the inning, UALR retired leadoff hitter Mark Threlkeld but followed it up with a four-pitch walk to Alex Williams. Looking for speed on the bases, Corey White pinch ran for Williams and ultimately reached third base courtesy of a stolen base and a wild pitch. With a 3-0 count, UALR opted to intentionally Joey Ford to give the Trojans a potential double play ball.
Following a pitching change, senior Clint Ewing attempted to lay down a squeeze bunt down the first base line but was unsuccessful on his first attempt. With a 2-1 count, Trojan relief pitcher, John Maler plunked Ewing to load the bases for Justin Gordey.
In a disciplined approach at the plate, Gordey forced a walk-off walk on four pitches to give Tech the win over the Trojans. The walk-off win marks the first for Tech since Kyle Roliard hit a walk-off home run against Texas Wesleyan on April 3, 2010.
Alvis (1-0) was credited with the win after throwing just four pitches to record the final two outs in the top half of the 11th inning. Bubba Cooper (0-1) took the loss for UALR after allowing one run on one hit in 2.2 innings of work.
After surrendering two runs to begin the game, Louisiana Tech (4-0) batted around in the first inning and scored five runs off of four hits--all singles. The Bulldogs built on their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as Will Alvis hit his first home run of the season down the right field line, just inside of the foul pole.
UALR (2-3) added runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to even the game at nine apiece before the Bulldogs took the contest in extra innings.
Louisiana Tech returns to action with a three-game series in Lake Charles against McNeese State this weekend. The opener is slated for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cowboy Diamond.
Notes: With the win, Tech improves to 48-19 all-time against UALR and 2-0 during the Simoneaux era...Tech has now won 10-straight games at J.C. Love Field which is the longest such streak since Tech won nine games from April 5 to May 14 during the 2009 season... A total of nine pitchers saw action on the mound tonight with Marc Picciola, Colby Johnson, Ben Carlisle and Beau Bayliss making their first career appearances on the rubber...Alvis' relief win was just the second of his career... Kyle Roliard had threw a career-long 3.1 innings in relief and tied his career-high with four strikeouts...The home run by Alvis was the first of the season and the 14th of his career... Mark Threlkeld has now started in 75-straight games...The 4-0 start marks the best home start for Louisiana Tech since the Bulldogs started the 2009 season with eight-straight home wins.
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