Tech Falls Just Shy of Upset Bid at No. 1 Texas
May 16, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas--Louisiana Tech out hit No. 1 Texas 12-9, but was unable to put enough runs on the board as the Bulldogs fell 10-9 in game one of a double-header at UFCU Disch Falk Field Sunday afternoon. Tech dropped game two of the double-header 13-2.
The Longhorns (42-8) jumped out on the Bulldogs (25-24, 10-10) early as they scored four runs in the first two innings off just one hit for a 4-0 lead. Tech's Jefferson struggled with his control early as he walked five batters in the first couple of innings and eight overall in his 3.2 innings of work. The lone hit by Texas came in the first inning with a two-RBI single by Russell Moldenauer.
Louisiana Tech got the bats rolling like they have all season in the top half of the third as they came back to tie the game at four in the inning. The four-run rally was sparked by freshman shortstop Taylor Terrasas leading off the inning with a solo homerun well over the 375 ft. mark in left field. Kyle Roliard followed Terrasas with a single to right field and was then driven in by a Mark Threlkeld double down the left field line to cut the lead to 4-2.
After a Joey Ford walk the Bulldogs had runners on first and second with two outs with catcher Clint Ewing at the plate. The junior delivered for Tech as he knocked in Threlkeld with a base hit to right while also moving Ford to third to set up an RBI single through the right side by Clint Stubbs that tied the game at four.
Tech chased Texas starter Cole Green out of the game after just 2 and 2/3 innings of work as LA Tech plated four earned runs off five hits. Green entered the game with a 10-0 record and a 1.45 ERA.
The Bulldogs later took a 6-4 lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Threlkeld led off the fifth with a walk and advanced all the way to third after Alex Williams sent a pitch to the right field gap for his second double of the day. Ford then drove both runners in with a base hit up the middle to give Tech a 6-4 lead.
Tech added another run in the top of the sixth to up their lead to three runs at 7-4. Roliard's legs did just about all the work to record the run in the inning for the Bulldogs. With two outs, the left-handed Roliard laid down an excellent bunt to reach first safely. He then stole second for his sixth stolen base of the year before racing all the way home on a Threlkeld base hit up the middle to give Tech a three-run lead.
After the top of the sixth the Bulldogs were out hitting the Longhorns 10-1 and were clinging to a 7-4 lead.
Texas then regained the lead with five runs in the bottom half of the sixth with only two of the runs being earned. The Longhorns led off the inning with a solo homerun to right field by third baseman Kevin Lusson. Center fielder Cohl Walla drove in the second run with a base hit to center scoring a runner from second. Brandon Loy then sent a grounder to third that Threlkeld handled, but bounced the throw short of first base for a throwing error allowing Loy to reach safely and Walla to advance to third.
Walla later scored on a fielders' choice to tie the game at seven. Right fielder Kevin Keyes then sent a two-run homerun over the left field fence to give the Longhorns a 9-7 lead.
Tech cut into the lead with one run in the seventh after Devon Dageford tied Tech's single season doubles record of 20 with a leadoff double down the left field line. Dageford advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a fielder's choice to make it 9-8 Longhorns going into the bottom half of the frame.
However, Texas got the run back in the bottom of the seventh after Jonathan Walsh reached on a single, moved to second after a sac-bunt and then advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a bloop single by Walla to give the Longhorns a 10-8 lead.
The Bulldogs again climbed back within one run of the Longhorns after a solo homerun by Will Alvis to the deepest part of the ballpark over the 405 ft. marker in center field to trim Texas' lead to 10-9 in the eighth.
Tech went down in order in the ninth inning to end the game as Texas closer Chance Ruffin earned his 12th save of the season. Brandon Workman (10-1) received the win for Texas while Caleb Dudley (2-3) was hit with the loss for Tech.
Three Bulldogs recorded two RBI in the game in Threlkeld, Ford and Ewing while three Tech players also recorded two hits in Roliard, Threlkeld and Williams.
The nine runs by Tech are the most runs scored against Texas since March 26 when the Longhorns allowed 12 runs against Texas Tech.
Game two was a different story for Louisiana Tech as Texas pitcher Taylor Jungmann (5-2) kept the Bulldog hitters off balance all afternoon earning his fifth win of the season after throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out eight.
The Longhorns again jumped out to an early lead with four runs after the first three innings for a 4-0 lead. The big blow against the Bulldogs came in the third when Texas right fielder Kevin Keyes hit a three-run homerun to right-center field.
Texas scored two more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-0 lead. After Tech walked the bases loaded the Longhorns plated one run with a sac-fly to center and another runner scored on a wild pitch.
With Texas having runners on second and third and one out in the seventh inning Tech went deep into their pitching options as sophomore short stop Ashton Hughes moved in to pitch for Jamelle Clements. The appearance was Hughe's first on the mound for LA Tech. Texas catcher Cameron Rupp singled off the normal short stop to plate both runners and increase the lead to 8-0.
After a single and a walk loaded the bases for the Longhorns, Walla sent a base hit to center to score two more runs making the score 10-0 heading into the eighth.
The Longhorns scored three runs in the eighth before the Bulldogs got two runs on the board in the top of the ninth after a leadoff double by Jonathan Mire and a walk by Dan Breazeale put runners on first and second setting up an RBI double by Terrasas. Stubbs was able to drive in another run for Tech with a fielders' choice to short to score Breazeale from third to make the final 13-2 Texas.
Freshman Trevor Petersen (5-7) was hit with the loss for Tech after allowing six runs in four innings of work. Ford led all Bulldogs with two hits in the game.
Louisiana Tech will now prepare for their last home game of the season as they take on Central Arkansas Tuesday night for senior night. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.