Feb. 23, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech (2-4) fell just short of a comeback in the bottom of the ninth innings as Oral Roberts (2-4) won game two on the weekend, 5-4, and knotted the series at one apiece Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Senior Caleb Dudley (0-2) picked up the loss after giving up the eventual game-winning three run homerun to Chris Williams in the top of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give Oral Roberts the victory.
"That was a tough one and we had our chances," Simoneaux said. "We felt like we were in good shape when we took the lead and brought Dudley on in the eighth and they got the lead, but our guys never quit. We came back and loaded them up in the ninth, cut it to one and had two opportunities to tie or win the game, but we battled hard."
Right hander Brad Fisher (1-0) earned the win for the Golden Eagles after pitching two innings and allowing one run - an unearned run - off one hit while striking out two Bulldogs hitters.
Senior Trevor Petersen got the start on the mound for Tech and received the no decision after allowing two runs - one earned - off four hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Tech struck first in the bottom of the second when first baseman Tyler Ervine and catcher Jacob Derouen led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Kody Neel advanced the runners to second and third after sending a fly ball to left followed by a ground ball to the shortstop by Bre'shon Kimbell to bring home Ervine and give Tech a 1-0 lead at the end of two innings played.
Oral Roberts would respond in the fourth inning with two runs off two RBI singles by Jose Trevino and Williams, but Tech would tie it up the following inning as Taylor Burch, Ryan Jones and Ryan Gebhardt led off the bottom of the fifth inning with singles to left, right and center fields respectively to load the bases. Gavin Glanz, the Golden Eagles starter, hit Taylor Terrasas to send Burch to the plate and tie the game at 2-2.
The back-and-forth scoring continued in the top half of the eighth when left handed reliever James Ferguson started off the inning with a hit batter that advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Dudley came on in relief and gave up a single to left field by Nate Goro to give the Golden Eagles two runners on base with Williams at the plate.
Williams drove a 1-0 pitch to right-center field for a 3-run home run to give Oral Roberts a 5-3 lead over the Bulldogs.
Tech threatened in the bottom of the ninth as Austin Hedges pinch hit for Burch and reached second on a throwing error on the third baseman. Colby Johnson came on as a pinch runner for Hedges and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Fisher. Jones walked to bring up Gebhardt, who singled through the right side to plate Jones and cut the Golden Eagles lead to one. A sacrifice bunt by Arnsberg and an intentional walk for Terrasas would bring up Ervine, who struck out for the second out of the inning, followed by a strikeout by Tyler Qualls to end the game.
Gebhardt led the Bulldogs with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate and two RBI, while Ervine and Jones had two hits apiece as Tech recorded a season-high 10 hits in the loss.
Williams put together a 2-for-3 performance with four RBI and a home run to lead the Golden Eagles to victory in the second game of the series.
Tech sent four pitchers to the mound in the loss, with right hander Adam Derouen finishing the ninth inning, while giving up one hit and facing five Golden Eagle batters.
The third and final game of the series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday as right hander Richie Navari is scheduled to get the start on the mound as Tech will look to win the series in the rubber match.
"We have to come back and win the series," Simoneaux said. "Of course you would like to sweep every series, but you have to have a goal of winning two out of three and we can still establish our goal for the weekend tomorrow and Navari gives us a good chance to do that."
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