Nov. 2, 2009
RUSTON--Redshirt freshman second baseman Austin Hedges went 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored as the White team routed the Blue team 17-7 in game one of LA Tech's Fall World Series Monday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The White team (1-0) scored in every inning but two in the seven-inning game including outbursts of six runs in the third and seven in the fifth. Hedges recorded his first RBI of the night in the third inning when he lined a base hit through the left side to score Clint Ewing, who reached base after being hit by a pitch. He then picked up two more RBI in the seven-run fifth scoring two on a single up the middle. Leadoff man and disignated hitter Kyle Roliard also picked up multiple RBI on the night for the White team as the sophomore led off the game with a solo home run.
It was a sloppy game according to Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux as the two teams combined for eight errors and six hit batters on the night.
"It was a sloppy night," Simoneaux said. "It was our guy's first time on the field in eight days because of the rain so it was kind of expected. I've discussed with the team the importance of not allowing free bases off errors, walks and hit batters and we allowed too many tonight. White won the free base battle 17-8 tonight and it showed on the scoreboard. We have to cut that down and let our defense play and we are going to clean that up as we go along in the series."
Senior Jamey Bradshaw (1-0) received the win for the White team while Casey Jones (0-1) was hit with the loss for the Blue team (0-1). Bradshaw allowed six runs, four earned, while striking out six and walking only one in four innings of work. Jones allowed nine runs, five earned, off six hits in two innings pitched while walking five.
White held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the second inning when the Blue team recorded their best offensive inning of the game, shelling out five runs.
With the bases loaded and one out, Dan Breazeale hit a chopper to the pitcher but Bradshaw was unable to get the ball out of his glove as a run came across and Breazeale was safe at first keeping the bases loaded. The next two batters for the Blue team reached on errors which allowed three more runs to come across. Joey Ford drove in the fifth run of the inning with a fielder's choice giving the Blue team a 5-3 lead before Mark Threlkeld struck out swinging to end the inning.
The lead would be short lived however, as the White team put up six runs in the third to go up 9-5 off three hits, one error, two walks and two hit batsmen. The White team would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game as they went on to win 17-7.
The Fall World Series will continue play with game two Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. All action can be followed on Game Tracker on www.latechsports.com.