March 20, 2010
RUSTON--Louisiana Tech's late rally fell short as they dropped to 9-10 on the season after a 15-7 loss to Southern Miss. (13-5) Saturday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
On a rainy, windy, chilly night Tech began the game by giving up seven runs in the first inning off of two three-run homeruns by the Golden Eagles as well as a throwing error letting one run score. Southern Miss then went on to take a 13-0 lead after scoring one in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth inning.
Mike Jefferson (1-1) was hit with the loss after only recording one out in his one third of an inning pitched. Jefferson gave up six runs off three hits in the outing. After not walking a single batter in game one of the series, Tech pitchers walked seven in game two. The Golden Eagles' Scott Copeland earned the win after throwing five and two thirds of an inning giving up six runs off eight hits.
"After starting the way we did a lot of teams would have just quit," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Not this team though, they don't quit. We could've let the game get out of hand, butwe kept battling and competing which is a good sign."
Down 13-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs continued to do what they have done all season and that is refuse to quit as Tech plated six runs in the inning. Devon Dageford led off the inning with a solo homerun to straight away centerfield before catcher Clint Ewing homered for the second consecutive game also scoring Clint Stubbs to cut the lead to 13-3.
Kyle Roliard tacked on another Tech run by driving in Ashton Hughes with an RBI double to left centerfield. Third baseman Mark Threlkeld followed Roliard with an RBI double of his own to make it 13-5.
The Bulldogs cut it to a six-run lead in the seventh by adding another run when freshman Phillip Menou came through with a pinch hit single up the middle to score Justin Gordey who led off the inning with a pinch-hit double down the leftfield line.
Southern Miss. added two runs in the ninth, both off of wild pitches with a man on third to increase their lead to 15-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Tech quickly put two runners aboard in the final inning before a triple play ended the game. With runners on first and second Gordey lined out to shortstop B.A. Vollmuth who then stepped on second and threw to first to complete the triple play. It was the second triple play Vollmuth has turned this season.
Dageford paced the Bulldogs at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Second baseman Joey Ford recorded a hit in his eighth straight game for Tech.
The rubber match between the two teams is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. The game will be broadcast on ESPN radio 97.7 and can also be followed via gametracker on LATechSports.com or through a live internet stream for those with a LA Tech All Access subscription.
Tech fans are reminded that single game tickets are now available through TicketMaster and the Tech Ticket Office along with a number of premium chair-backs still available which can be hand-picked by fans for $130 online at www.latechsports.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631.