March 27, 2012
RUSTON, La. – Beau Bayliss, Austin Hedges and Jacob Derouen were a combined 9-for-12 from the plate as Louisiana Tech defeated Northwestern State (10-13), 8-2, Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Bayliss and Hedges were 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run while Derouen was 3-for-4 and scored two runs to lead the Bulldogs as Tech moved to 12-12 on the season.
Freshman Phil Maton (5-1) recorded his fifth win of the season after throwing 2.1 innings out of the bullpen. Jacob Williford (0-2) picked up his second loss of the season as the left-hander allowed six hits and four runs in 1.2 innings.
The Bulldogs took a quick one-run lead as shortstop Ryan Gebhardt recorded his Western Athletic Conference leading 10th double of the year with one out in the first inning. Gebhardt came around to score the first run of the game on a Hedges double to right-center field as Tech took a 1-0 lead.
Derouen led off the bottom of the second inning with a single and moved to second base after a single by right fielder Taylor Burch. Bayliss singled through the left side to load the bases for Tech with one out in the inning. Leadoff hitter Stephen Gandy drew a walk to keep the bases loaded as Derouen scored giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.
After a sacrifice fly by Gebhardt that drove in Burch, first baseman Alex Williams hit an RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead going into the top of the third inning.
Northwestern State scored one run in the third inning on two hits off of Tech starting pitcher Chris Sadberry to cut the Bulldogs lead to 4-1. Maton relieved Sadberry with the bases loaded and struck out Nick Hinojos to end the top of the frame.
Bayliss hit a two-RBI single to drive in Derouen and Gordey as Tech took a 7-1 advantage. Tech added a run in the sixth after Williams scored on a single by Hedges for a 8-1 lead.
The Demons scored one run in the ninth off of Caleb Dudley as pinch hitter Nick Doughty was thrown out at second base to end the game.
The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow as they face Grambling State (13-8) at Wilbert Ellis Park. Trevor Petersen (1-3) takes the hill for Tech as first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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