Big Innings, Walks Cost Bulldogs in Saturday Double Header
May 2, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M.--Louisiana Tech could not avoid the big inning in a double header vs. New Mexico State Saturday as the Bulldogs dropped both games falling 16-13 in game one and 10-6 in game two at Presley Askew Field.
Louisiana Tech got off to a hot start in game one of the double header as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after an RBI double by Devon Dageford and a two-run homerun by Alex Williams (11).
Tech added an unearned run in the top of the third to extend their lead to 4-1 before the Aggies came back to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom half of the frame. NMSU recorded five singles, a homerun and a sac-fly in the big four-run inning.
The Bulldogs scored one run in the top of the fifth off of an RBI double by Joey Ford before allowing the Aggies to regain the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Tech committed three errors in the inning as NMSU took an 8-5 lead.
Holding a 9-6 lead going into the bottom of the seventh the Aggies recorded yet another big inning scoring four more runs. After a two-out walk loaded the bases for NMSU right fielder Nate Shaver connected on a pitch and lined it to centerfield. Tech's Justin Gordey attempted to end the inning with a diving catch, but the ball landed just in front of the centerfielders glove and rolled further into the outfield and Shaver ended up on third with a three RBI triple to give the Aggies a 12-6 advantage. Shaver scored the last run of the inning after crossing home on a Tech fielding error.
The Bulldogs began to storm back in the eighth with a four-run inning of their own. Gordey who reached on an error to begin the inning advanced to second on a Will Alvis single and eventually scored off of an Ashton Hughes single. Kyle Roliard then stepped in and sent a single to rightfield that moved Alvis to third. However, Hughes did not see Alvis hold up at third and got a little too aggressive on the base-path as he was caught in-between second and third and was tagged out.
Mark Threlkeld followed Roliard's single with a three-run homerun to rightfield cutting the Aggie lead to 13-10 going into the bottom of the eighth.
NMSU responded with a three-run bottom half to up their lead to 16-10. After a single and two walks loaded the bases the Aggies scored off of a fielder's choice and a two RBI double.
The Bulldogs fought back to score three in the ninth as Hughes and Threlkeld both singled in runs in addition to a Dageford sac-fly, but it wasn't enough as Tech faltered 16-13 in game one.
Dageford led all Bulldogs with three hits in game one of the double-header while Threlkeld totaled a team high four RBI in the contest. Tech starter Trevor Petersen was hit with the loss to drop to 5-5 on the year.
Louisiana Tech fell victim to another big inning by the Aggies in game two as well as the Aggies scored seven runs with two outs in the third inning which proved to be the difference.
With the game tied at two heading into the bottom of the third Tech pitcher had already recorded two outs, but had a man on third with NMSU's Chris Auten at the plate. Auten singled in the man on third which opened up the huge inning for the Aggies.
Auten then moved all the way around the bases by advancing to second on a passed ball and then to third and eventually crossing home on wild pitches by Tech's Mike Jefferson. NMSU then plated five more runs in the inning off of just two more hits and three walks to take a 9-2 lead.
The Bulldogs again waited until late in the game to make their comeback as Tech scored three runs in the seventh inning to cut the Aggie lead to 10-6 which would be the final. Austin Hedges and Jonathan Mire each recorded pinch hit singles in the inning.
Center fielder Justin Gordey was the star of game two for the Bulldog as he led the team by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI off of a solo homerun to centerfield in the fourth. Jefferon was tagged with the loss falling to 3-3 on the season.
Louisiana Tech and Mew Mexico State will finish up the series with game four Sunday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. CT at Presley Askew Field. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 97.7. Gametracker will also be available on www.latechsports.com.