Bulldogs Fall 2-0 to McNeese State in Pitcher's Duel
March 2, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Despite a gem of an outing by starting pitcher Trevor Petersen, Louisiana Tech (3-7) fell to McNeese State (5-5), 2-0, Saturday afternoon in game two of the series at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles.
Senior right hander Blake Ware (2-1) earned the victory for the Cowboys after pitching a complete game shutout, while giving up three hits and no runs for his second complete game of the season. Ware walked just one Tech batter on the day.
Petersen (0-2) was charged with the loss in his longest outing of the season after pitching 6.1 innings and allowing two runs - both earned - off six hits. Petersen struck out three Cowboy batters and did not allow a walk in his third start of the season. He was relieved by Jamie Gilley in the seventh inning. Gilley allowed no runs off zero hits and struck out two in 1.2 innings of work.
"I thought Trevor (Petersen) and Jamie (Gilley) were both outstanding," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "I will take that every outing. After giving up two runs in the first 18 innings in this series, we should have two wins. We did not have a lot of defensive support behind them and no offensive support, but I thought our pitching was there. That is a big key because that will always keep us in the game. If we did not have that today, it could have gotten ugly."
McNeese State scored its only two runs of the game off four straight hits in the bottom of the sixth inning off Petersen. Shortstop Connor Lloyd and catcher Cameron Toole added back-to-back RBI base knocks to give the Cowboys a 2-0 advantage in game two.
"We have to figure out a lineup that has a little continuity to it," Simoneaux said. "We kind of had it last night, but even though we won 6-0 last night, we are trying to get better. I need to get a lineup that understands what they are supposed to do in their part of the batting order and they are going to have to do it."
Right hander Richie Navari will take the hill for the 'Dogs in the rubber match of the series, which is set to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cowboy Diamond. McNeese State will give left hander Jason Gibson the start Sunday with the series tied 1-1.
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