Oct. 26, 2012
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech baseball team kicked off the 2012 Fall World Series Friday night as the Gray team outlasted the Black team to win 9-6 and took game one of the annual series.
After three innings of play, the Black team led 5-1, but the Gray team would score seven runs in the fourth inning and never look back, eventually scoring another run in the eighth to extend its lead and take a 1-0 lead in the seven-game series.
Freshman Taylor Love had three hits, with three runs batted in and a triple, while junior Tyler Qualls recorded two hits, two walks and two RBI to lead the Gray team offensively.
Sophomore Phil Maton started for the Gray squad, pitching four innings giving up two hits and striking out seven before being relieved by junior Sam Alvis. Alvis also struck out seven for the Gray in four innings pitched.
The Black team was led by junior third baseman Ryan Jones, who returned from a season-ending injury in 2011 to record two hits and two RBI in game one. Senior Kody Neel also had a home run on the night and two RBI for the Black squad.
Senior Trevor Peterson started for the Black team and pitched 3.1 innings and gave up 5 hits and 3 runs. He was relieved by freshman Clark Carlisle, then juniors Omar Ugarte and Luke Giddens.
The series resumes with game two at 6 p.m. Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
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