April 17, 2011
HONOLULU, HI - Alex Williams had a two-run single in the first and Mike Jefferson fired eight scoreless innings allowing just six hits and striking out six batters as Louisiana Tech shutout Hawai'i, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium. The shutout was the fifth of the season for the Louisiana Tech pitching staff and the most since the Bulldogs totaled six shutouts during the 1990 season.
Featuring a new-look lineup, Will Alvis and Kyle Roliard drew a pair of walks against Connor Little who then hit Mark Threlkeld to load the bases to start the game. On a 0-1 pitch, Williams drove in Alvis and Roliard with a two-run single through the left side. With two outs, Tech added a run as Threlkeld scored on a wild pitch.
Little (3-2) then settled in and kept the Bulldogs in check allowing just two singles from Ashton Hughes and a double to left from Joey Ford. Charged with the loss, the right-hander allowed three runs on three hits while striking out eight and walking two in 6.0 innings of work.
Jefferson (4-2) ran into a bit of trouble early on as he allowed a two-out triple to right center in the first then loaded the bases in the second. However, the southpaw worked out of both jams and cruised through his final six innings of work. The southpaw stranded eight runners on base in a season-long eight innings of work.
Looking for his sixth save of the season, sophomore Caleb Dudley came on to work the final frame for the Bulldogs. Hawai'i (20-15, 6-1 WAC) put the leadoff runner on base before Dudley fanned the next two batters. With two outs, the `Bows threatened as Sean Montplaisir singled to right to put runners on the corners. However, Dudley forced Breland Almadova to ground out to third to keep the shutout intact.
With his sixth save of the season, Dudley now enters a four-way tie for fourth place on the all-time single-season saves list at Louisiana Tech. With 10 saves on his career, Dudley is just one save shy of moving into fourth place on the career list.
Louisiana Tech (18-17, 3-4 WAC) will look to split the series against Hawai'i tomorrow evening as the two teams meet in the series finale beginning at 11:30 p.m. CT. Making his first career start, freshman lefty Ben Carlisle will get the nod on the rubber for the Bulldogs.
Notes: Louisiana Tech is now 24-27 all-time against Hawai'i... Tech has won six of their last eight games against Hawai'i on the islands...The win snaps the Rainbows eight-game winning streak - the third longest streak in the country... The win marks the first road win outside the state of Louisiana since May 21, 2010 when Tech knocked off Nevada, 14-8... Tech's 3-0 win over Hawai'i on Sunday marked the first time that Tech had won a game with four hits or less since Feb. 23, 2007 vs. ULM... The shutout against Hawai'i on Sunday was also the first time Tech had shutout an opponent on the road since March 11, 2005 when Tech knocked off Nicholls State, 1-0... The two hits from Ashton Hughes was a season-high... Mark Threlkeld has made 106 consecutive starts...Jefferson has not allowed a run in his last 15.0 innings of work - the longest streak since Trevor Petersen did not allow a run in 19.1 innings of work from March 13, 2010 thru April 10, 2010... The 8.0 innings of work from Jefferson marks a season-high and the second longest outing of his career... With six saves on the season, Caleb Dudley is now tied with Randy Jamar, Buddy Aulds and Don Clinton for fourth all-time on the single-season saves list at Louisiana Tech... Dudley is just one save shy of moving into fourth place with Matt Buckle on the career saves list.