Bulldogs Take Down `Jacks In Ruston
April 10, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech scored eight unanswered runs to erase an early 3-1 SFA lead in taking a 9-5 win in a midweek tilt on Tuesday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Hunter Dozier picked up three hits and even struck out a pair in a scoreless inning of relief to highlight the night for the `Jacks (13-19), who were taking on the Bulldogs (17-16) for the first time since 2009.
Reid Landers was handed his first loss of the season after giving up a pair of runs in the go-ahead fifth inning for Tech. Ben Carlislse got his first win for the `Dogs as one of nine pitcher who saw action.
Louisiana Tech finished with 11 hits on the night, led by Bre'Shon Kimbell who had three hits and a pair of RBI.
SFA put together a two-out rally in the first inning to give Arcizo a 2-0 lead. Dozier opened the push with a two-out single, followed by a double by Jarid Scarafiotti off the right-field wall that plated him all the way from first. Max Lamantia then brought in Scarafiotti with a two-strike single to center. Arcizo surrendered a run in the Bulldog half of the inning on an RBI from Bre'Shon Kimbell, but no other damage.
Lamantia brought in another SFA run in the third with a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 3-1 before the Bulldogs knotted it up with a pair of runs for their own in the bottom half. Stephen Gandy and Ryan Gebhart started it by reaching on a one-out hit and an error, and Alex Williams brought in Gandy with a sacrifice fly. That was followed by a single and a pair of walks, the second of which to Kyle Arnsberg with the bases loaded tied the game at 3-3.
The Bulldogs finally took the lead in their half of the fifth, loading the bases against reliever Reid Landers on a pair of walks and a single and pushing two across the plate on a single through the left side by Arnsberg before SFA ever recorded an out. Kevin Bishop came in to hold Tech off the board for the rest of the frame, but was the victim of SFA's second error of the night an inning later on a grounder from Alex Williams that scored a run and gave Tech a 6-3 lead. Kimbell added a second sacrifice fly one batter later for another unearned run, allowing the `Dogs to take a 7-3 lead into the seventh.
SFA squandered a scoring chance in the top of the seventh after each of its first two hitters reached base to start the inning, and Tech added two more an inning later when Taylor Burch blasted a two-run homer over the left-field wall.
The `Jacks got a pair of runs back in the eighth, loading the bases on three straight walks by Benn Fairbanks before Chris Hernandez and Moreda each picked up RBI; however, Trevor Peterson kept the damage at a minimum before going on to pitch a scoreless ninth to close out the Bulldog win.
SFA next hosts McNeese State in a three-game set beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m. in Nacogdoches.