Bulldogs Take Series Opener from Nevada

Alex Richard
 
Alex Richard
 

May 3, 2008

RUSTON, La. - It took more than 20 hours for things to finally be decided, but seven runs over the final two innings propelled Louisiana Tech to a 9-3 victory over WAC foe Nevada on Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field.

Lightning and thunderstorms forced the game to be halted in the seventh inning at 8:32 p.m. Friday, then resumed at 1 p.m. Saturday with Nevada leading 3-2.

Tech (20-24, 5-18 WAC) won its fourth game in a row and third straight in conference play, and got some help in its quest to climb out of the cellar as New Mexico State lost to Fresno State last night. Nevada (25-19, 12-9 WAC) lost in Ruston for the third time in four games.

When the game was halted, Alex Richard had just completed his warmup tosses and was in a jam with one run in and a runner on first. After giving up a leadoff single, the sophomore from Donaldsonville got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts.

Tech would take advantage of the Wolf Pack being forced to make a pitching change because of the suspension, putting together a three-run seventh and a four-run eighth to erase the deficit and get the victory. Before the rains came, Wolf Pack starter Rod Scurry had mostly baffled the Bulldogs, giving up just two runs while striking out six. Sammy Miller (2-1) was charged with the loss for Nevada, giving up three runs in one inning.

Richard (1-1) got his first win of the season, pitching 2.0 innings and striking out four while allowing only two hits. A second straight nice quality start from Alan Knotts did not get a decision, but he went 6.1 innings while giving up three runs on just five hits.

The Bulldogs made the double switch with Richard and Andrew Lassere for the second time in three games as Lassere came in to face two lefthanders in the eighth, striking out both of them while Richard went to left field to stay in the game. Richard then returned to retire the final batter and pitched a perfect ninth.

 

 

The sophomore from Donaldsonville also contributed to the offensive effort by smacking a two-RBI double in the eighth to give Tech a 9-3 lead.

Adam Cobb, Jericho Jones, Albie Goulder and Drew Bunting each had two hits in the contest, but the `Dawgs were held without a home run for the first time in seven games.

A full report will follow the regularly-scheduled game today, slated to begin at approximately 2:50 p.m.