March 3, 2010
WACO, Texas--Joey Ford's grand slam in the top of the fourth inning helped propel Louisiana Tech (6-2) to a big 14-6 win over Baylor (4-5) Wednesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
Louisiana Tech's offense put up 14 runs on a Baylor pitching staff that was only giving up four runs per game going into the match-up. Baylor's RPI at the end of last season was 29. RPIs for this season have not come out yet.
The Bullldogs struck first in the game as they were able to put one run on the board in the third inning. With the Baylor outfield playing in, senior Clint Stubbs led off the inning with a triple over the centerfielders head before catcher Clint Ewing drove him in with a ground out to the shortstop.
LA Tech increased their lead with a big five-run fourth inning. With the bases full of Bulldogs, second baseman Ford stepped up to the plate and came through in a big way. The junior launched his first career grand slam over the 375 ft. marker in left centerfield to make the score 5-0 Tech.
Following the grand slam Stubbs reached base again after being hit by a pitch and then advanced to third on a wild pitch and an Ashton Hughes ground out. Stubbs was able to score his second run of the game after Baylor's first baseman recorded a fielding error after misplaying a Kyle Roliard ground ball putting LA Tech up 6-0 in the fourth inning
Baylor answered the Bulldog's big inning with some runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. After Petersen walked the leadoff batter of the inning, the Bear's Max Muncy hit his third homerun of the season over the rightfield wall cutting the Tech lead to four at 6-2.
Baylor took another chunk out of the Tech lead in the bottom of the fifth after second baseman Raynor Campbell hit a two-run homerun to leftfield making the score 6-4 Bulldogs. Petersen walked the next batter and was then relieved by fellow freshman Caleb Dudley after throwing a career high four innings and giving up four hits, five earned runs with four walks and three strikeouts in his second career start. After Dudley gave up a single and a walk to load the bases he was removed and replaced by Jeb Stefan.
Tech put a little space between them and the Bears in the top of the seventh when Roliard and Mark Threlkeld both reached base with back-to-back singles setting up an Alex Williams RBI as the sophomore scored Roliard from second with a single of his own to rightfield pushing the score to 7-5. Tech seemed to have added another run in the seventh after Devon Dageford sent a single to rightfield, but Threlkeld was called out on a close play at the plate.
The out didn't silence the Bulldog's bats though as designated hitter Will Alvis stepped in and continued his hot streak with an RBI double down the leftfield line scoring Williams. Alvis has now started his Tech career with a seven-game hitting streak.
Baylor began the bottom of the seventh with a single, but the door was quickly closed by an intense Stefan as he induced a big 3-6-1one double play to put some energy and momentum into the Tech line-up.
The Bulldogs began to inch away in the top of the eighth after Ewing sent a shot over the left centerfield fence to boost the Tech lead to 9-5.
LA Tech put the game away with a five run ninth inning. Dageford led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on an infield single by pinch hitter Philip Menou. Freshman Corey White then came in to pinch run for fellow freshman Menou. Ford followed Menou by reaching on a sac bunt in which the pitcher attempted to throw White out at second, but the throw was dropped by the shortstop. With the bases now loaded Dan Breazeale was hit by a pitch to score Dageford for Tech.
Ewing recorded his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to rightfield scoring White. Hughes tacked another two runs on the board for the Bulldogs by scoring Ford and Breazeale with a double to leftfield. Hughes later scored on a wild pitch to make it 14-5 Bulldogs.
Baylor added a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning before Stefan closed out the game to earn his first win of the season. Stefan (1-2) pitched exceptionally well in five innings of relief to shut down Baylor's batters. He scattered four hits while giving up one earned run and recorded three strikeouts.
Tech was led offensively by Ford's four RBI off of the grand slam while Ewing added three RBI of his own.
Tech now must travel down to Edinburg, Texas for a three game series vs. Texas Pan-American over the weekend before coming back to face Baylor next week on March 9.