Long Ball Edges Louisiana Tech
March 15, 2013
RUSTON, La. - A three-run home run from Hunter Dozier in the top of the sixth inning pushed the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 3-2 over Louisiana Tech Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston, Louisiana.
The homer from the Denton, Texas, native represented the only scoring play for the SFA (9-8) on the night as the team was down 2-0 to La. Tech (5-14) going into the inning. Dozier finished two-for-four with a home run, single, three RBI and one run scored. The long ball was his second of the season.
In similar to SFA's last win, the home run made a winner of Chase Greening (2-1) who scattered eight hits and two runs (one earned) across seven innings. The win is Greening's second in as many starts, as he recorded five Bulldog strikeouts and issued no walks in his time on the mound. Relievers Brett Higginbotham Ingvardsen and Cameron Gann combined to shutout La. Tech over the final two innings. Gann picked up his second save of the season, working around a walk and single to face five batters in the ninth.
With only two players reaching scoring position, both for the Bulldogs, across the first three and a half innings, La. Tech took advantage of a pair of two-out hits in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Gebhardt doubled into left side, before coming around to score on a pinch-hit single to right field from Bre'shon Kimbell one batter later.
Sam Alvis, similar to Gebhardt the inning before, doubled into left field with two outs for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fifth. Alvis advance to third on a wild pitch, before scoring on an infield error to extend the lead to two.
The `Jacks would respond in the top of the sixth on Dozier's home run over the left field wall to take the lead, as Higginbotham and Gann kept La. Tech at bay to arrive at the 3-2 decision.
SFA will try to claim the series Saturday, when it pits Kyle Cross against Bulldog Trevor Peterson in a 3:00 p.m. start.