March 29, 2008
RUSTON, La. - A stellar pitching performance by junior Jericho Jones and timely hitting by Louisiana Tech led the Bulldogs to a 7-2 victory over San Jose State in the first game of a doubleheader at J.C. Love Field on Saturday.
A three-run first inning would turn out to be all the Bulldogs (14-11, 1-5 WAC) would need as the Spartans got one in the first and one in the second. But that would be all the offense San Jose State (14-9, 5-5 WAC) could manage.
Jericho Jones (5-1) was stellar in equaling his career-long outing with 7.1 innings pitched, picking up his fifth win of the year. He scattered six hits, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits while walking four and striking out a season-best six hitters. Landon Braud struck out the only batter he faced in the eighth, and Aaron Lorio got out of a jam in the eighth and shut the Spartans down in the ninth to close it out.
Chris Kersten led the way for the Bulldog offense with a 2-for-4 effort, including a two-run homer in the sixth. Nick Grunenwald also had a two-hit effort with a pair of RBI, and five other Bulldogs had one hit apiece.
David Berner (0-5) took the loss for the Spartans, giving up all seven runs (six earned) on eight hits while striking out and walking three apiece.
A full report will follow today's second game, which is slated to begin at approximately 4:45 p.m. Tech lefthander Jamey Bradshaw (1-1, 3.86) will get the start against SJSU ace Scott Sobczak (2-0, 4.20).