Nebraska Powers Its Way Past Louisiana Tech, 9-2
March 15, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech struggled to score runs against the Cornhuskers as Zach Hirsch held the Louisiana Tech offense to five hits as Nebraska (12-6) powered its way past the Bulldogs, 9-2, at Hawks Field Thursday afternoon.
Louisiana Tech (9-8) left nine men on base while the Cornhuskers recorded 11 hits, including two home runs, to take game one of the four-game series.
Freshman Phil Maton (3-1) was credited with his first loss of the season after allowing seven hits and four runs in 4.2 innings, his shortest start of the season. Hirsch (2-1) picked up his second win of the season after pitching 5.1 innings, allowing two runs while striking out three. Brandon Pierce picked up his first save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth for the Cornhuskers.
Sam Alvis went 2-for-3 from the plate and scored Tech's first run in the third inning. Leadoff hitter Bre'shon Kimbell was 1-for-2 at the dish with a double and RBI while also reaching base on a hit by pitch and a walk as the freshman boasts a team-best .500 on-base percentage on the season.
Nebraska took a 2-0 lead after scoring one run in the first inning and one run in the second inning as the Cornhuskers played small-ball early on in this game.
LA Tech cut Nebraska's lead to 2-1 after Alvis singled to lead off the third inning. Alvis stole second base on a failed pickoff attempt and came around to score when Kimbell doubled down the left field line, giving the Bulldogs their first run of the game.
Gandy doubled to lead off the fifth inning and advanced to third base on the next pitch when Alvis singled through the left side, giving Tech runners at the corners with no outs. After a pop out, third baseman Beau Bayliss recorded the first sacrifice bunt of his career, moving Alvis to second base and plating Gandy, tying the game at 2-2.
Nebraska scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-2 lead off of three hits and added one run in the sixth for a 5-2 lead.
The Cornhuskers tacked on four runs in the eighth inning as Nebraska hit two home runs, one inside the park home run, in the inning.
Chad Christensen went 3-for-5 from the plate for the Cornhuskers as the shortstop hit his fourth home run of the season as was a double away from the cycle.
LA Tech continues its series with Nebraska on Friday, March 16 as Trevor Petersen (1-1) takes the hill for the Bulldogs and Jon Keller (2-0) gets the call for the Cornhuskers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.
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