May 18, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech jumped out to a two-run lead in the fourth, but the UTSA Roadrunners fought back to plate three runs and defeat the Bulldogs, 3-2, on Senior Day Saturday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Louisiana Tech (19-37, 6-21 WAC) led 2-0 after six innings of play behind a gem of a pitching performance by senior Trevor Petersen in his last start in his Bulldog career, but UTSA (31-23, 15-11 WAC) responded in the seventh and scored three runs off one hit and an error for a one-run lead and the eventual series sweep.
The loss today wraps up the 2013 season for Louisiana Tech and the nine seniors honored pregame as the Bulldogs end the year 19-37 overall and 6-21 in Western Athletic Conference play.
"I thought Trevor and (Caleb) Dudley really pitched well against a good-hitting team, but we had our opportunities and didn't get it done," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We had a good group of seniors and I thanked them for standing tall like men through tough times, because it has been a tough season for us. We fought until the very last pitch and had a chance to win it. It just didn't fall our way and that is the story of this season."
Nolan Trabanino (4-3) started for the Roadrunners and allowed two unearned runs off five hits in seven innings, his second longest outing of the season for UTSA. Trabanino pitched to one batter in the eighth before Matt Sims (8) came on to pitch the final two innings, while allowing just one hit, for his second save of the weekend.
Petersen (3-6) started and pitched six innings of shutout baseball before allowing three runs - two earned - off five hits in 7.1 innings of work in his last outing for the Bulldogs. Petersen struck out two and walked one before being relieved in the eighth by senior Caleb Dudley, who did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings in his final time on the mound.
With two outs in the seventh, Mike Warren and John Welborn were hit by pitches, while John Bormann reached base on a fielder's choice to give UTSA bases loaded down two runs. A two-RBI single by Riley Good tied the game, and on the same play, Bormann came around to score on an error by the Bulldogs to give the Roadrunners the 3-2 victory.
For Louisiana Tech, senior shortstop Taylor Terrasas led at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance, two doubles and a run scored. Senior left fielder Kody Neel also totaled two hits on the afternoon, while Kimbell and Austin Hedges each had one hit for a total of six Bulldog base hits.
Horacio Correa III continued his hot hitting for the Roadrunners with a 2-for-4 effort to give him nine hits over the course of three games this weekend. Good led with two RBI in a 1-for-4 performance, while Daniel Rockett and Tony Ramirez each had one hit for a total of five for the Roadrunners.
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