Feb. 26, 2008
RUSTON, La. - Jericho Jones hit two home runs, Albie Goulder hit his third of the season and Bulldog pitchers were dominant in a two-game doubleheader sweep of visiting UT-Arlington on Tuesday at J.C. Love Field. Tech won the first game, 8-4, and took the nightcap, 8-1.
"We only gave up one earned run in 18 innings today," Tech coach Wade Simoneaux said. "That's outstanding for a mid-week game. Last year we would struggle in the mid-week games and have to make pitching changes to try to get out of jams. This year we can make pitching changes to attack the opposing team, and that's what we were able to do tonight."
Jones led the Louisiana Tech (5-0) offensive attack with a pair of towering home runs to right field, one that cleared the scoreboard and another that fell about 10 feet short of the railroad tracks in right-center. For the day he was 3-for-5 with 5 RBI; he also walked three times. Tech has now scored 60 runs in its first five games.
UT-Arlington (2-4) was paced by second baseman Justin McPherson, who had three hits on the day, and Blake Holt, who hit a solo home run in Game 2 to account for the Mavs' only earned run of the day.
Senior Alan Knotts (1-0) picked up the win for Tech in the first game, throwing 5.1 shutout innings as the Mavericks scattered seven hits. Knotts struck out four and walked one in the second start of his career; also his longest career outing. Sophomore Alex Richard got his first career save as he worked Tech out of a bases-loaded jam in the 8th and pitched 1.1 innings of no-hit ball. Ryan Robinson was charged with the loss as he gave up three earned runs on three hits in 5.0 innings of work.
Game one saw Tech scratch out two in the third inning on a bases-loaded walk to Jones and an RBI grounder to first that scored Grunenwald from third. Tech would get a run in the fifth on a play almost identical to the one in the third as Goulder grounded to first, resulting in a fielder's choice that scored Bunting from third to make it 3-0.
The Bulldog offense got rolling in the seventh with Jones' 2-run homer to right to make it 5-0. After Chris Kersten, Patrick Thomas and Matt Combs loaded the bases, a passed ball scored Kersten to push the lead to 6-0. Cobb would follow that up with a 2-out RBI single to make it 8-0.
Tech's 20-inning shutout streak would come to an end in the eighth, thanks to two errors, a balk, two hit batters, a bases-loaded walk and two UTA hits. When the dust had settled three pitchers later, it was an 8-4 ballgame. But Richard would shut down the Mavericks in the ninth to preserve the win.
Game two was never in doubt as Tech scored all eight of its runs in the first four innings. An infield single by Goulder and a Kersten base hit brought in two runs in the first, and Goulder's blast over the windscreen in center field brought home two of Tech's four runs in the second to make it a 6-1 game.
The Bulldogs would add a single run in both the third and fourth innings, the second coming on Jones' second home run of the doubleheader to make the score 8-1.
Tech will hit the road for the first time this season on Wednesday, but it won't be a long trip. The Bulldogs face rival ULM in Monroe with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. Live stats will be available through www.ulmathletics.com.