May 3, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Kyle Roliard smoked a two-out single up the middle and Tyler Qualls scored the go-ahead run from second in the bottom of the eighth as Louisiana Tech knocked off UT Arlington, 7-5, Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field.
After picking up two strikeouts in the first, senior Josh Barrett allowed a leadoff single followed by a double to left and the Mavericks struck first with a sacrifice fly to left center from Cody Dyvig. UTA then picked up an unearned run as Nick Orr sent an RBI single through the right side. Freshman Sam Alvis entered the game with one runner on and induced a fly out to center to end the scoring threat.
Barrett did not factor into the decision after allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out three batters in 1.2 innings of work. Alvis was solid as he allowed just one runner to reach base while not allowing a hit in 2.1 innings of relief work. Kyle Roliard and Dan Breazeale combined for a solid 3.0 innings out of the pen allowing just one hit and tallying five strikeouts.
Louisiana Tech got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second as Joey Ford led off with a single through the left side and moved to third on a single from Justin Gordey. With runners on the corners, Qualls brought home Ford with an RBI ground out to second to cut the deficit to just one run.
The Bulldogs then evened the score in the fourth when Colby Johnson belted his first career home run off of the right field scoreboard on a 1-1 pitch from UTA relief pitcher, Adam Westbrook. Not to be outdone by his teammate, Alex Williams ripped a three-run homer of his own in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead.
Making his first appearance since the 2009 season, senior John Anderson allowed the first three Mavericks to notch base hits in the eighth to cut the deficit to just one run. With no outs in the inning, Caleb Dudley came on in relief and quickly recorded two outs. However, UTA capitalized on back-to-back fielding errors to extend the inning and even the score.
With the score tied at five in the bottom of the inning, freshman Tyler Qualls drew a two-out walked and moved to second after Ashton Hughes sent a grounder to the left side of the infield that the third baseman was unable to handle that kept the inning alive.
On a 1-2 pitch from UTA relief pitcher, Brody Walker, Roliard sent a line-drive into center that scored Qualls from second. Will Alvis then followed as he ripped a first pitch fastball right back up the middle to score Hughes and give the Bulldogs a two-run lead.
Walker (2-2) was charged with the loss after allowing two hits and two unearned runs with one walk and one strikeout.
Trevor Petersen came on to work the ninth and picked up the first save of his life. Dudley picked up his fifth win of the season after working 1.0 hitless innings in relief.
Louisiana Tech will conclude their conference home schedule this weekend as 19th-ranked Fresno State comes to town for a four-game set. First pitch of the series is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. CT at J.C. Love Field.
Notes: Louisiana Tech is now 42-47 all-time against UT Arlington... Tech has posted a 19-6 record at home this season... Tech has won 25 of their last 31 games at J.C. Love Field... Tech is 16-1 this season when leading after eight innings... Tech is 161-7 since 2004 when leading after eight innings...John Anderson made his first appearance since May 22, 2009 against New Mexico State... Kyle Roliard has hit safely in 10-straight games since moving to the leadoff spot (17-for-36, .472)... Colby Johnson recorded his first collegiate home run... Alex Williams notched his first home run of the season and the 19th of his career... Williams' three runs batted in tied a career-high... The two runs scored from Ashton Hughes tied a career-high... Caleb Dudley made his WAC-leading 24th appearance and needs just one more appearance to move into ninth place on the all-time single-season list at Tech... Trevor Petersen recorded his first career save (at any level)... Justin Gordey has hit safely in five-straight games... Mark Threlkeld has made 117 consecutive starts.