May 23, 2009
HONOLULU -- Louisiana Tech was eliminated from the NAPA Auto Parts WAC Baseball Tournament on Saturday as they suffered a 14-3 defeat at the hands of San Jose State at Les Murakami Stadium.
The Bulldogs end their season with an overall record of 29-22. With the win, the Spartans improve to 41-19. They will take on New Mexico State Sunday at 12:00 a.m. CST.
"San Jose State is a good ball club," Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "They deserved to win the regular season championship, and I hope they continue to do very well the remainder of the tournament. They have played the best baseball I have seen here.
"We knew we were in trouble after we moved into the loser's bracket last night. With us being down four pitchers, we used several yesterday in our game against New Mexico State to get to today's game and that hurt us."
Saturday's home team was determined by a coin flip since both teams had served as the home team in the tournament. The Bulldogs won the toss and chose to take the field first.
The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a home run by left fielder John Shaffer.
LA Tech answered in the bottom half of the inning. Patrick Thomas led off the frame by ripping a double to right-center field. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Grunenwald. Kevin Winn scored Thomas on a groundout.
San Jose State scored two more times in the third inning as third baseman Corey Valine hit a two-run RBI single. Casey Jones relieved Tech starter Mike Jefferson in the inning and forced an inning ending double play, Tech's first of the day.
Through the first four innings, Spartan starter Jack Adams limited the Bulldogs to one run on two hits.
After the Spartans took a commanding lead, the Bulldogs did not give up. Kyle Roliard drew a walk in the bottom of the fifth. With a 3-2 count, Clint Ewing smashed his second two-run home run of the tournament to minimize Tech's deficit, 9-3. The Bulldogs added two more hits in the inning, but were unable to score once again.
A single and a double resulted in a Spartan standing on second and third base with only one out in the sixth inning. Bulldog reliever Cody Watts was able to get out of the inning without allowing a run by striking out Aguilera and by forcing second baseman Michael Reiling to line out.
The Spartans put together their second five-run inning of the game in the seventh inning as they scored their runs on four hits, including a three-run triple by designated hitter Craig Hertler.
Jefferson picked up the loss and finished the year with a 3-3 record. He gave up four runs (all earned) on four hits and two walks in two innings pitched.
Six different Bulldogs accumulated one hit in the loss.