April 23, 2013
GRAMBLING, La. - Louisiana Tech's bats came alive Tuesday night as the Bulldogs plated 17 runs off 13 hits to defeat the Grambling State Tigers, 17-9, at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park in Grambling.
With the win, Tech (14-28) broke a four-game losing streak as the team totaled a season-high 17 runs, 16 of those coming from the fifth inning on after trailing Grambling State (14-26) 3-1 early in the game.
"We got some hits and drew some walks with bases loaded several times tonight," head coach Wade Simoneaux. "Grambling played hard tonight and our guys played hard, so we'll take it. Any win is good and hopefully it will give us some momentum going into the weekend."
The Bulldogs pitched nine different pitchers on the night with Laetten Galbraith coming on in the fourth to earn his first win of the season. Galbraith (1-0) pitched 1.1 innings of hitless baseball, while striking out two of the batters he faced.
Edvarda Matusevicius (0-3) started for the Tigers and was charged with the loss after allowing four runs - all earned - off five hits, while walking three and striking out two in four innings of work. Grambling State used eight different pitchers in the loss.
Tech trailed 3-1 in the fifth before freshman Taylor Love doubled down the left field line to score Bre'shon Kimbell and Ryan Jones to tie the game. Later in the inning, the Bulldogs took the lead off an RBI double by Tyler Qualls to score Love and give Tech a 4-3 lead over Grambling.
The Bulldogs continued to score in bunches in the sixth as Tech plated five runs off three hits and took advantage of three walks issued by the Grambling pitching staff to lead 9-3. After adding five additional runs in the seventh after capitalizing on five walks issued, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 14-4.
Love led the Bulldogs with a career-day at the plate as the freshman put together a 2-for-4 performance at the dish with a double, two walks, four RBI and three runs scored on the night. Taylor Terrasas, Qualls and Ervine each recorded two hits apiece on the night, as every Tech starter reached base safely in the win.
Grambling State was led by catcher Jose Longoria, who was 3-for-5 at the plate for the Tigers with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored. Darren Farmer, Korey Hall and Edwin Drexler each had two hits on the night for the home Tigers.
Tech will return to the diamond at 5 p.m. CT Friday as the Bulldogs travel to face Sacramento State in Western Athletic Conference play at John Smith Field in Sacramento, Calif.
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