Offensive Explosion for Bulldogs Against ULM
May 13, 2008
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech scored 14 runs in the first three innings and got big nights from senior Adam Cobb and junior Jericho Jones in sprinting to a 15-5 victory over rival ULM on Tuesday at J.C. Love Field. It gave the `Dawgs a season sweep of the Warhawks for the first time since 2006.
"That's the baseball we're capable of playing," Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "It's a shame that it came a little too late. The way they played tonight...it means a lot to me, to them, to our coaches and to our loyal fans who have supported us through a dismal season."
Tech (21-29) has concluded the non-conference portion of its schedule and will finish the season this weekend in Las Cruces, N.M. ULM (32-21), meanwhile, looks to get back on track with a three-game series at Creighton this weekend; two of those games will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Cobb went 3-for-4 on the night with a pair of doubles, setting a career high with five RBI. He also scored three runs for the Bulldogs.
"It's fitting that Adam would have a great night for his last game at this park," Simoneaux said. "He's a great kid. He's given us four tough years, and I'm very thankful to him for that."
Jericho Jones was equally impressive with a 4-for-4 performance that included five RBI of his own, one short of his career best mark. He was a triple short of hitting for the cycle as he had a pair of singles, a double and a two-run home run in the contest.
"It's very tough to get a triple in this ballpark," Simoneaux said. "But if there's anyone on the team that can do it, it's probably Jericho."
Matt Combs tied a school record as he was hit by a pitch three times in the contest. He now shares that distinction with former Bulldog Ryan Hurst, who was thrice beaned on April 6, 1995, against Texas-Pan American.
The Warhawks were led offensively by the bottom of their order as eight- and nine-spot hitters Nick Wade and Matt Laird both went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. The pair also hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning.
Andrew Lassere (2-3) got the win in relief, pitching 3.1 shutout innings and allowing just four hits and two walks. John Anderson, Alex Richard and Jericho Jones also pitched well for Tech. ULM's Josh Lett (6-2) was charged with the loss, giving up six runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of work.
Defense was also solid for the Bulldogs as the game marked only the sixth time all season that Tech committed no errors; the `Dawgs are now 5-1 in those contests.
Tech's offense got off to a good start, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning on the strength of Jones' 12th home run of the season to bring in Cobb and give the `Dawgs a 2-0 lead.
A pair of singles and a hit batter in the second brought up Cobb, who laced a double to left to bring in two runs and make it 4-0. A sacrifice fly from Nick Grunenwald would bring in Matt Combs to push the lead to 5-0. Then with two out, a single from Kevin Winn and a wild pitch put another run in scoring position. Jones would not disappoint, lining a single to left to give Tech a 6-0 advantage.
ULM would get a pair of them back in the third when Ben Soignier hit a solo home run - his team-leading 16th of the season - to put the Warhawks on the board at 6-1. A walk and a hit batter brought up Ryan McMillan, who doubled down the line to bring in another run and make it 6-2.
The Bulldogs would blow things wide open in the third. A bases-loaded double from Cobb brought in three runs and gave the `Dawgs a 9-2 lead. Cobb would then score one batter later when Grunenwald doubled down the left-field line, making it 10-2. After Winn reached on an error, another double from Jones would bring in Grunenwald to push the lead to 11-2. Albie Goulder would follow that up with a three-run home run - his team-leading 13th of the season - to give the Bulldogs a 14-2 advantage after just three innings of play.
Neither team would score through the next three innings, although both teams would have their opportunities; for instance, ULM left 13 runners on base in the game. Tech would finally break through in the seventh after another Jones single brought in Cobb to push the lead to 15-2.
ULM, however, would not fold the tents just yet. The Warhawks would plate two in the eighth on a pair of solo home runs and load the bases in the ninth, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Tech will conclude its 2008 season this weekend with a four-game series at New Mexico State. The series begins with a doubleheader on Friday with the first game slated for a 4:05 p.m Central start (3:05 MDT), with the second game to follow. Only the second game will be broadcast on ESPN 97.7 FM (www.espn977.com), but live stats will be available through GameTracker at www.latechsports.com.
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