Big Sixth Downs Bulldogs
May 1, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M.--New Mexico State scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead over Louisiana Tech and would hold on to win 11-10 at Presley Askew Field Friday night.
The Aggies trailed 8-5 going into the bottom of the sixth before scoring five runs in the inning. NMSU scored their first two runs of the big inning off a two-run homerun by Jared Jordan. The next three runs would come after four straight singles by the Aggies. The final run of the inning came across after a sac-fly by Chace Perkins. NMSU plated one more in the seventh off a bases loaded sac-fly by Leo Aguirre to put the Aggies up 11-8 after the seventh.
The Bulldogs and the Aggies went back and forth scoring runs in the first few innings before Tech held what looked like a commanding 8-5 lead at the end of the fourth inning.
Louisiana Tech got two homeruns form Devon Dageford (12, 13) and one from Alex Williams (10) in the first three innings along with RBI from Will Alvis, Clint Ewing and Taylor Terrasas to produce the eight early runs. Dageford hit a two-run homerun in the first before following Williams' solo shot in the third with a solo homerun of his own.
Tech seemed as if they were going to put up an outrageous amount of runs after the first few innings before NMSU's Daniel Simon (4-3) entered the game in relief in the fourth inning. Simon silenced the Bulldogs' bats throwing four scoreless innings before Tech scored two late in the eighth off a two-run homerun by Mark Threlkeld (10), however, Simon still finished the inning and left the game with an 11-10 lead and would earn the win.
There was no surprise in Las Cruces Friday night as NMSU and LA Tech scored a total of 21 runs and combined to hit seven homeruns in the game with four of those coming from the Bulldogs. Also both teams tallied 12 hits a-piece in the contest. The difference in the game came down to walks and Tech pitchers walked seven compared to the Aggies two.
Six of Tech's 12 hits came from Dageofrd and Ewing as the two recorded three a-piece while Dageford added three RBI to lead all Bulldogs.
Tech starter Jamey Bradshaw threw five innings and struck out five, but was tagged with the loss to drop to 4-2 on the season. Alvis pitched a perfect two innings in relief for the Bulldogs to end the game. The junior tossed two shutout innings while not allowing a hit and striking out three.
Louisiana Tech and the Aggies will face-off again Saturday for a double header at Presley Askew Field beginning at 4 p.m. CT. Game one of the double header will be broadcast on KXKZ 105.7 in Ruston while game two will be on 99.3 KPCH. Gametracker will also be available on www.latechsports.com.