Late Runs Sink Bulldogs in 13-10 Loss to New Mexico
March 12, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Louisiana Tech (8-5) allowed New Mexico (10-5) to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and three in the seventh en-route to a 13-10 loss to the Lobos at Isotopes Park Friday night.
Freshman Caleb Dudley (1-1) was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs in two and two thirds innings of relief. Edwin Carl (3-0) was credited with the win. Carl threw two and two thirds innings of scoreless baseball in relief for the Lobos.
New Mexico started off the game hot as they plated three runs in the first inning. Tech starter Jeb Stefan gave up one run before exiting the game due to an undisclosed injury with two runners on and nobody out. Casey Jones replaced Stefan on the mound and the Lobos drove in two more runs that were both credited to Stefan. Jones pitched admirably in relief of Stefan giving up three runs in three and one third innings.
Down 4-0 going into the third inning Louisiana Tech came up with a huge inning as the Bulldogs batted- around to score eight runs and take a four-run lead. Catcher Clint Ewing began the inning with a single up the middle followed by an Ashton Hughes walk and Kyle Roliard single to load the bases.
Tech continued to put runners on base in the inning as Devon Dageford walked and Will Alvis upped his hitting streak to 10 with a single. Junior Joey Ford brought Dageford home with a single of his own up the middle to give Tech the lead 5-4. The Bulldogs then caught a big break when a sacrifice bunt by Dan Breazeale turned into a run when the Lobo's third baseman tossed the ball into rightfield on a tough play allowing Alvis to score as well as putting Ford on third and Breazeale on second. Ewing drove in Ford with a fielder's choice and Breazeale scored on a Hughes sac-fly to right to put Tech up 8-4.
Tech and New Mexico each scored two runs in the fourth inning to make the score 10-6 before the Lobos came back to tie the game at 10 with four runs off four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning.
New Mexico took their first lead since the second inning as they scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Lobos regained their lead following an RBI double by third baseman Alex Albritton scored Chris Juarez and moved Max Williett to third. Williett and Albritton both later scored on a double down the rightfield line by Daniel Gonzalez to give New Mexico a 13-10 lead going into the eighth inning.
Will Alvis lead all Bulldogs at the plate by going 3-for-5 with one RBI while extending his hitting streak to ten. Tech's Williams recorded a team-high three RBI in the game.
The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow with a double-header vs. New Mexico. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.
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