May 18, 2010
RUSTON--All four senior hitters recorded a hit in their final home game for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs topped Central Arkansas 13-5 on senior night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park on Tuesday.
Seniors Drew Thomas, Jonathan Mire, Clint Stubbs and Devon Dageford all recorded at least one hit in the win as Stubbs led the pack tallying career highs in hits and RBI after going 5-for-5 with four RBI and also recording his first career homerun in the fifth inning.
"Well Casey (Jones) gave us a quality start on the mound and then our hitters really took over the game early," Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "I'm extremely proud of our seniors. It's a special day for them and they got in there and performed well. Those guys have been great teammates all year to our younger guys and they've fought hard this season. Really the whole team has fought hard all year in every game we've played and they deserve good things to happen to them."
The Bulldogs got off to a hot start and never looked back as they scored four runs in the first inning while also putting up at least one run in every inning after that except for the seventh and eighth.
Mark Thrlekeld got the ball rolling in the first as he sent a solo shot to left center field with one out for the first run of the game. Dageford then singled to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and set up Joey Ford for a two-run homerun over the left center field fence to give Tech a 3-0 lead. Mire followed ford with a double down the right field line and was then driven in by a Stubbs single to make it 4-0 Bulldogs heading into the second inning.
In the fifth Mire reached first with a base hit up the middle to bring up Stubbs and the centerfielder delivered as he crushed a ball well over the right field wall for his first career homerun. After back-to-back singles by Taylor Terrasas and Justin Gordey, Threlkeld doubled in the final run of the inning to push Tech's lead to 11-0.
The Bulldogs added one run in the sixth and one in the eighth to make the final 13-5 and giving the LA Tech seniors one last win at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Casey Jones (2-0) got the start on the mound for Tech and pitched five strong shutout innings while only allowing two hits and striking out four. Central Arkansas' Jeremy Brewer was hit with the loss for the Bears to fall to 0-1 on the season.
Stubbs led all Bulldogs with a game high five hits and four RBI while Threlkeld launched two homeruns in the game to total three RBI.
After tonight this year's Bulldog team has become arguably the best hitting team in the school's history as they have already shattered the school's single season doubles record with 132 and have now set new Tech records for hits (645), Runs (451) and RBI (411) while also ranking fifth all-time with 74 homeruns on the year. If the season ended today the team would also own the record for team average as they are currently posting a .345 team batting average. Maybe the most impressive note about these mind boggling offensive numbers is that the Bulldogs still have four regular season games remaining.
"We're breaking these records and our hitting coach, Fran Andermann, Is getting mad at them for not two strike hitting in a couple of innings," said Simoneaux. "But that's the reason why we hit so well is because Fran stays on our hitters all the time in the good times and the bad times. I tip my hat to those guys because they have been relentless all year for us in the box."
Louisiana Tech will now travel to Reno, Nev. to prepare to take on WAC foe Nevada in a four game conference series. The Bulldogs need just one win or one Sacramento State loss to Fresno State to clinch a spot in the WAC tournament in Mesa, Ariz.