March 15, 2008
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech Media Relations For Immediate Release March 15, 2008 Contact: Wes Todd
BULLDOGS WEATHER STORM, SKYHAWKS IN DELAYED VICTORY
RUSTON, La. - More than 21 hours after it began, Louisiana Tech emerged victorious in a hotly contested game against UT-Martin that was interrupted in the eighth inning by a tornado warning in Lincoln Parish. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the eighth inning to rally from what was once a 4-0 deficit to take the first game over Tennessee-Martin, 8-5.
With lighting flashing to the west from about the fifth inning on, fans, players and coaches were anxious about the approaching storm. It reached a peak when, during a pitching change in the eighth inning, UT-Martin's head coach, Bubba Cates, was ejected while trying to stall and convince the umpires to suspend play with the Skyhawks clinging to a 5-3 lead.
Adam Cobb, Tech's hottest hitter, came through with two outs and the score tied in the eighth with a triple off the left-center wall to bring in two runs and give the Bulldogs a 7-5 lead. Almost immediately thereafter, the press box got word of a tornado warning for Ruston and alerted the umpires, who then suspended play.
Play resumed at 2:58 p.m. on Saturday, some 16 hours and 18 minutes after it was suspended. And Tech wasted no time getting some insurance as Cobb stole home on the first pitch, giving the Bulldogs an 8-5 lead.
Aaron Lorio (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth with a pair of strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season.
A full report will follow the conclusion of Saturday's regularly scheduled game.