Bulldogs Split Saturday Doubleheader with McNeese
Feb. 27, 2010
RUSTON--Louisiana Tech (4-2) split games with McNeese State (4-2) in Saturday's doubleheader at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park with a 19-12 loss in game one and an extra inning 8-7 win in game two .
With the wind blowing out all day McNeese hit a school record eight homeruns as a team in game one of a two game set to propel them to a 19-12 win over the Bulldogs. McNeese third baseman Steve Irvine hit three homeruns and drove in four runs to lead all Cowboys.
Tech starter Jeb Stefan (0-2) picked up the loss after giving up nine runs, six earned, in three innings of work. The win went to Jaden Dillon of McNeese. Dillon pitched four and one thirds of an inning giving up eight hits and four earned runs in the game while striking out two.
McNeese had three big innings in the game compared to Tech's two. The Cowboys scored five runs in the third and fourth innings and six in the eighth while Tech scored four runs in the third and seventh.
Trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the third, Tech came back and tied the game with a four run inning. Tech third baseman Mark Threlkeld began the inning with a single through the left side. Alex Williams then moved Threlkeld to third with a double down the leftfield line. Devon Dageford walked to load to bases before a passed ball scored Threlkeld and advanced Williams and Dageford one base. Designated hitter Will Alvis then knocked them all in with a three-run homerun over the centerfield fence to tie the game at six.
Down 13-6 in the bottom of the seventh Tech would explode with another four-run inning to make a game of it. Dageford started the inning off with a solo shot over the right-centerfield fence for his first homerun of the year. Back-to-back singles by Alvis and Joey Ford and a Clint Ewing walk loaded the bases for shortstop Ashton Hughes. The sophomore hit his second double of the game as he launched a ball over the right fielder's head, scoring Alvis and Ford making it a 13-10 ballgame. However, the Cowboys scored six runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach as McNeese went on to win 19-12.
Tech was led offensively by Alvis. The transfer from Sam Houston State hit two homeruns in the game and drove in four runs. The homeruns were his first two as a Bulldog. Hughes was also impressive at the plate as he registered three RBI in the game.
To see the game one box score go to the baseball team's schedule page and click on game one of the McNeese series. There you will find a link to the box score.
In game two Tech would need some extra innings heroics from the offense as Alex Williams hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the game 8-7 for the Bulldogs. The homerun was Williams' first of the season and the first walk-off homerun of his Tech career.
"I think the team showed a lot of character after McNeese tied the game at seven in the eighth inning," Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "I thought our defense showed up and played well when the game was on the line and our two freshmen pitchers (Caleb Dudley and Trevor Petersen) threw well in some clutch moments against a good hitting McNeese team."
LA tech starter Jamey Bradshaw had a solid outing, earning a quality start as he pitched five innings giving up just two runs and five hits and striking out a career high tying six batters. However, freshman Trevor Petersen received the win as he pitched the last two innings for the Bulldogs. Petersen threw two scoreless innings, striking out four and only giving up one hit.
LA Tech started off the game strong with a three-run inning in the bottom of the first. Threlkeld got the offense going with a solo homerun down the leftfield line. Dageford reached base on a walk and then moved himself into scoring position by stealing second for his first stolen base of the year. Alvis brought Dageford home with a RBI double to leftfield increasing the score to 2-0. Catcher Clint Ewing then singled in Alvis to push the Tech lead to 3-0 in the first inning.
Tech and Threlkeld struck again in the fifth inning. With two men on and nobody out and Tech leading 3-2, Threlkeld sent a ball to the right-centerfield gap to score both base-runners and up the lead to 5-2. Ewing and Jonathan Mire also both recorded RBI singles in the inning making it 7-2 Tech going into the top of the sixth.
MCneese answered Tech's offensive explosion with a four-run inning of their own in the sixth, and added the tying run in the top of the eight.
Petersen entered the game in the top of the ninth inning for Tech, replacing fellow freshman Caleb Dudley on the mound with the game tied at seven. In the top of the tenth, the Cowboys were threatening with runners on first and third, just one out, and leadoff batter Blake Ellender at the plate. In game one of the doubleheader Ellender recorded two homeruns and four RBI. However, Petersen seemed un-phased on the mound as he struck out the centerfielder in four pitches.
Stepping in next for McNeese was Irvine. The third baseman launched three homeruns in game one of the doubleheader and added his fourth on the day with the game tying homerun in the eighth inning of game two. Instead of pitching around Irvine and possibly walking him to load the bases, the Bulldogs chose to go right at him and struck him out to end the inning and the threat.
In the bottom of the tenth with one out and nobody on, Williams hit a no-doubter into the pine trees in rightfield to win the game 8-7 for the Bulldogs.
"It took the whole team to win this game," Simoneaux said. "Alex (Williams) didn't start the game, but he came in as a pinch hitter and hit the game winner off the guy who struck him out in his previous at-bat."
Sophomore Mark Threlkeld led the Bulldog offense as the third baseman went 2-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI. As a team Louisiana Tech hit eight doubles in the two games combined. Kyle Roliard, Threlkeld and Ashton Hughes all had two while Williams and Alvis had one a-piece.
Dustin Lloyd was tagged with the loss for McNeese. Lloyd gave up just one run in four and two thirds of an inning. The one run he surrendered was William's walk-off homerun. "Now we have to come back out and win the series tomorrow," said Simoneaux. "It's been a hard fought series so far and I wouldn't expect anything less in tomorrow's game. McNeese's coach Terry Burrows has done a great job with that program and they are going to be a tough team to beat in their conference, especially if they continue to hit the ball as well as they did today."
Tech returns to action Sunday at 1 p.m. CT to play game three of the series with McNeese State at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
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