March 9, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech won the first game of the doubleheader against Nebraska, 2-1, to the clinch the series victory before falling in the second game, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Tech (5-11) took the first game of the day against the Cornhuskers to clinch its first series victory of the season from the visitors from Nebraska (5-9) after a 5-0 victory Friday night.
"I thought we played good baseball all weekend, and I thought we pitched well from the first to the 27th inning," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Our guys competed. I liked the way we competed in the strike zone. Nebraska did not walk a batter today and didn't commit an error and beat us 3-2. They played good, sound baseball today."
Game One: LA Tech 2, Nebraska 1
Louisiana Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead early after scoring two runs in bottom half of the first inning off four consecutive singles to center field the Bulldogs. Ryan Gebhardt and Taylor Terrasas both singled up the middle, followed by back-to-back RBI singles by Tyler Ervine and Kody Neel to give Tech the advantage.
The early run support turned out to be all the offense the Bulldogs would need for a 2-1 victory over Nebraska as Tech starter Trevor Petersen held the Cornhusker offense scoreless until the eighth inning when he allowed the only run of the day. The one run scored in the eighth inning was the first run Nebraska had scored in the series up to that point.
Petersen (1-2) earned his first victory of the season after pitching seven innings of four-hit baseball and allowed just one run - earned - to lower his earned run average to 3.09 for the season. James Ferguson and Sam Alvis (1) each pitched an inning in relief with Alvis earning his first save of the season.
First baseman Tyler Ervine led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-3 performance at the dish with a run batted in on the day. Kody Neel added the second run for Tech after a 1-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI.
Game Two: Nebraska 3, LA Tech 2
The third game of the series proved to be much like the first two: a pitching duel. Right hander Richie Navari allowed just one hit in five innings to hold the Cornhuskers scoreless until the sixth. Nebraska exploded for all three of its runs in the sixth inning off four hits to take a 3-0 lead over the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs comeback would fall just short after Tech responded in the bottom of the seventh after plating two runs to cut Nebraska's lead to one. Jacob Derouen and Bre'shon Kimbell led off the inning with back-to-back singles to bring up pinch hitter Ryan Gebhardt, who flied out to right field to score Derouen on a sacrifice for Tech's first run of the game. Center fielder Corey White followed up by scorching a double down the left field line to score Kimbell from first base and give Tech its second run of the inning to trail Nebraska by just one going into the eighth inning.
Navari (0-3) was charged with the loss after allowing three run - all earned - off five hits and striking out three in 5.2 innings of work. Navari was relieved by Ben Carlisle and Dakota Doss before Adam Derouen came on to pitch the ninth inning. Brandon Pierce (1-2) earned the win after pitching six innings, while giving up just one earned run off four hits and striking out six Bulldog batters. Dylan Vogt (3) came on in the ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.
White highlighted the Bulldog offense after going a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI in game two of the doubleheader. Derouen also put together a 2-for-4 showing at the plate with a run scored in the loss.
The Bulldogs return to the road this week as they take on the Rice Owls at Reckling Park in Houston, Texas in a two-game midweek series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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