March 20, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech scored runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings for a 9-1 victory over Alcorn State Wednesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
The Bulldogs took a 1-1 tie into the fifth inning before exploding for five runs off four hits and two errors committed by the Alcorn State (4-20) defense to lead 6-1 after five complete. Tech (9-14) added three runs in the bottom half of the seventh to secure the win for its fourth straight victory.
"I told our guys if you put enough balls in play hard, something good is going to happen, and we stuck with it," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Their lefty did a good job to start the game, and we were fortunate to get the five-run inning and bust it open."
Reliever James Ferguson (1-0) recorded his first win of the season after throwing two complete innings of no-hit baseball, while striking out three of the eight Braves batters he faced. Ferguson came on for freshman Adam Derouen, who gave up one run - earned - off six hits in four innings of work in his first collegiate start on the mound. Dakota Doss and Laetten Galbraith combined to close out the last three innings while not allowing any hits or runs.
Cedric Walker (0-3) came on in the fifth inning in a 1-1 game and allowed five runs - three earned - off five hits in two innings pitched to receive the loss for the Braves. Walker relieved starter Kevin Gonzalez who pitched four innings while giving up one run - earned - off four hits.
Sam Alvis got Tech on the board first in the bottom of the third with a two-out double to right-center field, followed by an RBI single to right field by Austin Hedges to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Alcorn State answered back in the top of the fourth with four straight singles to plate a single run and knot the game at one apiece.
Tech added its final three runs of the night in the seventh when Ryan Gebhardt started the inning off with his third hit of the game, a single through the left side. Tyler Qualls and Kimbell each followed with singles, before pitcher Dakota Doss recorded an RBI single to center field in his first career at bat and to give Tech the 9-1 lead.
Gebhardt led the Bulldogs with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate with two runs scored, while Alvis, Hedges and Kimbell each recorded two hits apiece on the night. Kimbell plated three runs on the night, while Hedges had two RBI in the win.
Designated hitter Cedric Bell put together a 2-for-3 night at the plate for the Alcorn State Braves with a run batted in on the night.
Tech returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday to face conference newcomer Seattle in Western Athletic Conference play at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
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