April 27, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Louisiana Tech failed to plate a run in the second game of the weekend series as Sacramento State defeated the Bulldogs, 1-0, off one unearned run to knot the weekend series at one game apiece Saturday at John Smith Field in Sacramento.
Sacramento State (25-18, 9-8 WAC) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning after two errors by Louisiana Tech (15-29, 3-14 WAC) allowed Dane Fujinaka to score to give the Hornets the advantage early in the game.
"When you have two pitchers on the mound like that, you have to do anything to score a run and we didn't execute a few bunts," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "Their two hits were two flares up the middle, but it's a shame for Phil (Maton) to pitch like that and get the loss because he was outstanding on the mound all day. We have to be ready to come out tomorrow and produce some offense."
Sophomore Phil Maton started and was charged with the loss after pitched eight full innings and striking out six batters he faced. Maton (5-5) held Sacramento State hitless until the fifth inning when Dane Fujinaka singled to center field to break up the no-hitter. The sophomore right hander allowed just one unearned run off two hits on the day, while walking just one batter.
Brennan Leitao (6-2) started for Sacramento State and earned the win after pitching seven complete innings and shutting out the Bulldogs, while allowing just five hits and striking out five. Sutter McLoughlin (11) pitched the final two innings for the Hornets and earned his 11th save of the season.
The Bulldogs best opportunity to score in the game came in the top of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs, but Tech failed to plate a runner to knot the game at one run each. Tech stranded eight base runners in the loss.
Third baseman Will Soto and Fujinaka had the only two hits of the day for the Hornets of Sacramento State.
The two teams will conclude the series at 2 p.m. CT tomorrow with the rubber match at John Smith Field in Sacramento.
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