March 19, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech scored four runs in the second inning and held a one-run lead the entire game to beat the Trojans of UALR, 4-3, Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Kody Neel and Ryan Jones led off the second inning with back-to-back singles, followed by an RBI single to center field by second baseman Thomas Simoneaux, which gave Tech (8-14) a 1-0 lead over UALR (10-11). Taylor Burch followed up with a sacrifice fly before Kyle Arnsberg homered to right field for his first home run of the season and to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 advantage.
"We had a split lineup tonight just line we will have tomorrow night just to give everyone one last start before conference," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "I thought we pitched well and played good defense. I thought Thomas had a big hit early, as well as Burch with a big sacrifice fly. The big blow was Arnsberg's two-run homer, and that was enough to win it for us."
The Trojans responded to the Bulldogs' big inning with three runs in the top half of the third inning off of three hits, including an RBI single by designated hitter Blake Johnson, to give Tech a one-run lead for the rest of the game.
Reliever Jamie Gilley (1-0) earned the win for Tech after pitching 3.1 innings of one-hit baseball while giving up no runs out of the bullpen. Gilley came on in relief of starter Ben Carlisle who went 2.2 innings while allowing three runs - all earned - off five hits and three strike outs. Sam Alvis pitched two complete innings and allowed no hits before Caleb Dudley came on in the ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Neel and Colby Johnson both recorded two hits on the day, including a triple to right field by Johnson in the second inning. Arnsberg led the Bulldogs with two RBI off a home run to right field. Arnsberg was 1-for-4 on the night.
The Bulldogs return to action at 6 p.m. tomorrow as they take on Alcorn State at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston for the team's last non-conference action before WAC-newcomer Seattle comes to town this weekend.
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