Feb. 28, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Alex Williams was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI and Tech combined for 11 runs on 12 hits as the Bulldogs powered their way past UAPB, 11-6, Tuesday afternoon at J.C. Love Field in Ruston.
Louisiana Tech (6-3) was able to play 14 players in the game along with five different pitchers taking the mound as the Bulldogs hoped to tune-up for their upcoming five-game road trip. Tech held on to the lead despite six errors and a late rally by UAPB (0-8).
Chris Sadberry (2-0) got his second win of the season (both wins coming off the Golden Lions), allowing one earned run off four hits in Tuesday’s contest. Leo Fuentes (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on three hits and walking two in 1.1 innings pitched.
“His velocity is not there yet but he pitched well,” Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said of Sadberry. “His breaking stuff was good but our guys did not help him out that well. When you make six errors, you usually lose a game. It was a lack of focus. Our guys are finishing up final exams. You have to [focus on playing] the game that you are playing that day.”
Taylor Terrasas added a pair of RBI doubles for the Bulldogs as he went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Sherman Thomas led UAPB with a 2-for-3 outing at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring once.
Williams, who has started in 76 consecutive games for the Bulldogs, extended his hitting streak to 11 games as he drove an RBI double off the left field wall in the first inning to give Tech the lead. Ryan Gebhardt and Williams then scored on wild pitches by Fuentes.
Stephen Gandy led off the second for Tech with a walk and a Fuentes balk put him in scoring position. Gandy scored soon after as Terrasas doubled to right. Terrasas would later score in the inning on a passed ball.
After adding a run in the third off another Terrasas RBI double, nobody scored until the fifth when the Bulldogs pounded out five runs on three hits, taking advantage of two wild pitches, two walks and a Golden Lion error in the inning.
Pine Bluff’s only major offensive threat came in the eighth inning as the Golden Lions batted around, scoring four runs on two hits with a run coming off a bad throw by Jacob Derouen in a failed attempt to throw out Sean Samsa on a steal attempt at third. Two of the runs for UAPB came off a two-RBI triple by Sherman Thomas but the threat ended shortly after that as Samsa flied out to right field to end the inning.
Louisiana Tech returns to action Wednesday afternoon at Vanderbilt. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn. Live audio will be available on LA Tech All-Access with Josh McDaniel calling the action from Nashville while GameTracker will also be available on LATechSports.com.
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