March 1, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Sophomore Phil Maton struck out nine batters and did not allow a run as Louisiana Tech (3-6) defeated the Cowboys of McNeese State (4-5), 6-0, in game one of the three-game series Friday night at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles.
Maton (2-0) earned the win after pitching seven complete innings and allowing just two hits, while holding the Cowboys scoreless for his second combined shutout of the season. Maton has now struck out 23 opposing batters this season and has yet to allow an extra-base hit in 2013. Maton lowered his ERA to 0.36 for the season.
"Phil (Maton) is a competitor," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "You give him the ball and he is going to go deep into a game. He had one inning in the sixth that elevated his pitch count. I was thinking he was going to have a complete game, but Phil is so dynamic on that mound for us, and he gives us a chance to win every time."
Freshman right hander Bryce Kingsley (1-2) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs - four earned - on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. Kingsley struck out five batters and walked three Bulldog hitters on the night.
First baseman Tyler Ervine led Tech at the plate on the night with a 2-for-4 performance and three runs scored to help lead the Bulldogs to the victory. Right fielder Bre'shon Kimbell added two runs batted in for Tech with two sacrifice flies and a 1-for-1 performance.
The Bulldogs scored runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings, and tacked on a run in the eighth for the 6-0 win over the Cowboys. A three-run sixth inning was highlighted by three singles by Ryan Gebhardt, Sam Alvis and Ervine to lead off the inning. An error and sacrifice fly by Bre'shon Kimbell would plate two runs for the Bulldogs before Taylor Burch would earn a walk and an RBI for the third run of the inning.
The Cowboys threw four pitchers in the loss with Jacob Williams, Tyler Parke and Ross Rowland all seeing time on the mound for McNeese State Friday night.
The series will resume at 3 p.m. Saturday with right hander Trevor Petersen taking the hill for Tech. Petersen is 0-1 on the year with a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings pitched. The Cowboys will send right hander Blake Ware to the mound for Saturday's matchup. Ware is 1-1 this season and has given up five runs - all earned - on nine hits in 14 innings pitched.
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