Bulldogs Take Care of Grambling, 13-3
April 29, 2008
GRAMBLING, La. - A seven-run first inning would prove to be all the offense Louisiana Tech would need as the Bulldogs ran away from cross-parish rival Grambling State on Tuesday night, winning 13-3 at Tiger Stadium.
Albie Goulder led the way offensively for the Bulldogs (19-24), going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI. Adam Cobb was a perfect 3-for-3 on the night, scoring a pair of runs, and Kevin Winn went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Jericho Jones also had a pair of hits with two runs and an RBI.
John Anderson (1-0) pitched a predetermined two innings and made the most of it, equaling a career high with five strikeouts. His night included the rare four-strikeout inning when his first punchout of the second got past Tech catcher Clint Ewing, allowing the batter to take first.
Jamal Breaux (0-2) was charged with the loss for the Tigers (18-24), giving up 13 runs (all earned) on 13 hits while striking out and walking two apiece.
Tech emptied its bench, using most every available position substitute on the roster and even allowing two upperclassmen pitchers to get at-bats. Senior Alan Knotts got his first career swings and junior Dylan Moseley stepped to the plate for only the second time in his career. Both would-be sluggers put the ball in play but grounded out.
Things looked like they would get out of hand early as the first five Tech batters reached base safely on a Cobb single, a walk to Nick Grunenwald, an RBI double by Winn, a Jones RBI single and a base hit from Goulder. It was already 3-0 `Dawgs before Chris Kersten struck out for the first out of the inning. Drew Bunting followed that up with a two-RBI single to make it 5-0, and a Clint Ewing single would bring in Bunting to make it 6-0. After a fielding error advanced Ewing to third, a sacrifice fly from Clint Stubbs would bring him home to make it 7-0. Cobb and Grunenwald then got aboard for the second time in the inning but were stranded there.
The Tigers got a run in the second and two more in the third to pull within striking distance at 7-3, but the Bulldog pitching staff would only allow a handful of baserunners the rest of the way.
Tech would add some insurance in the fifth courtesy of a two-run bomb by Goulder that cleared the 400-foot sign in straightaway center field, making it a 9-3 game.
The Bulldogs would stage a two-out rally an inning later, getting RBI singles from Winn, Goulder and Kersten and a freebie on a wild pitch to take a 13-3 lead.
Louisiana Tech will return to conference play on Friday as WAC nemesis Nevada comes to Ruston for the first of a four-game series. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at J.C. Love Field with the broadcast to be heard on ESPN 97.7 FM (online at www.espn977.com). Live stats will be available through the official site for Louisiana Tech athletics, www.latechsports.com.
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