Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker to No. 10 Arkansas in Extra Innings
May 11, 2010
N. LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--Louisiana Tech took No. 10 Arkansas to extra innings, but couldn't come away with a win as the Razorbacks' (38-11) won 5-4 after Andy Wilkins delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in front of 9,426 fans.
"I'm proud of the way our team competed tonight," Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "The sooner this young team starts knowing they can win these games instead of just hoping to win, the better we are going to be. They threw some of their top arms at us tonight and we competed against them the entire game."
Arkansas' Zach Cox reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second after a walk in the bottom of the tenth to set up the RBI single to right-centerfield by Wilkins.
However, it was the Bulldogs (25-23, 10-10) who got off to a hot start as Tech put up four runs in the top half of the second inning. The four-run rally got started when Joey Ford reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by Arkansas' shortstop. Catcher Clint Ewing then moved Ford to third with a single up the middle before Justin Gordey cleared the bases with his first triple of the season to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Designated hitter Will Alvis then joined the hit parade with a double down the left field line that ended up in the stands on a bounce scoring Gordey form third. Shortstop Taylor Terrasas advanced Alvis to third with a single up the middle and was followed by a Kyle Roliard base hit through the left side to plate Alvis and give Tech a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.
"We had a big four run inning there in the second, but every time we had a chance after that they were able to close the door on us," Simoneaux said. "Those were some of their top relievers that came in and you have to tip your cap to them because they did a good job of shutting us down after the second. This team isn't ranked number 10 in the country and number one in the SEC west for nothing."
Arkansas chipped into the lead in the bottom of the second after two doubles in a row brought in one run followed by a base hit to bring in the second to make it 4-2 Bulldogs going into the third.
The Razorbacks added one more in the fourth after Brett Eibner started the inning off with a double and then advanced to third on a single to right field putting runners on first and third with one out. A groundout to shortstop scored Eibner from third to cut Tech's lead to 4-3 before a fly out to center ended the inning.
The Bulldogs held a lead over the Razorbacks for the next six and a half innings before Arkansas managed to tie the game late with one run in the eighth inning. The Razorback's second baseman Bo Bigham led off the inning with a double before he was moved to third with a ground out to second. Eibner then singled to centerfield to bring Bigham home tying the game at four after the eighth. "I thought our pitchers threw great tonight," Simoneaux said. "Josh Barrett gave us a good start before he gave way to Caleb Dudley who was outstanding out of the pen for us. Will Alvis gave us a solid inning and 2/3 and I felt like Trevor Petersen, who is a usual starter, threw well. Those are some young guys pitching for us there with Dudley and Petersen being freshmen."
Gordey led all Bulldogs with two RBI in the game while Devon Dageford and Roliard each recorded two hits a-piece in the contest. Freshman pitcher Caleb Dudley pitched admirably in relief as the right-hander pitched 4.2 solid innings allowing two runs off just three hits while striking out three. Tech played a total five sophomores and three freshmen Tuesday night.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Bulldogs as they now prepare to take on No. 1 Texas for a double header in Austin Sunday with first pitch set for 12 p.m. CT.
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