Zach Benson had a double and a run scored against Louisiana Tech on Sunday.
March 17, 2013
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs staked themselves to a 9-0 lead and pounded out 14 hits in a 12-2 win in the series finale over Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at J.C. Love Field.
SFA (9-10) finished with just six hits itself, led by a 2-for-3 day from Hunter Dozier. Cameron Gann, who picked up his second save in Friday's win, started and took the loss to fall to 1-3 after allowing four runs in four innings of work with four strikeouts before giving way to five SFA relievers.
Richie Navari moved to 1-3 on the year after picking up the win for Louisiana Tech (7-14), logging five innings of two-hit baseball with four strikeouts and no runs allowed.
The `Jacks got a two-out double from Dozier in the first, but no runs before the Bulldogs struck for a pair of scores in the bottom of the first off of Gann. Tyler Ervine and Ryan Gebhardt picked up the RBIs for Louisiana Tech, and it stayed a 2-0 lead until Tech broke through again in its half of the fourth.
A single, error and walk quickly loaded the bases for Tech in the fourth, setting up an RBI single from Tyler Qualls and a sacrifice fly from Taylor Burch to put the `Dogs up 4-0.
One inning later Tech broke it open with a four-run fifth inning, doing its damage against three separate Lumberjack relievers after Cory Maltz relieved Gann to begin the inning. The `Jacks retired the first hitter of the inning before allowing three singles and a walk to push across another run. The Bulldogs then got two more runs across on a two-run single from Qualls before a pair of steals set up two more scores, including a steal of home from Jacob Derouen.
An RBI single from Max Lamantia scored Dozier to get SFA on the board in the top of the sixth, but the Lumberjacks gave it back and then some an inning later when Tech pushed across three more runs to push its lead to 12-1.
The `Jacks got one back in the top of the eighth when Zach Benson scored after a leadoff double on a sacrifice fly from Rick Cruz, but that is all SFA could muster on the afternoon.
SFA will next try its hand at the Rice Owls on Tuesday evening at Reckling Park in Houston.